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Grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by beedude, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. beedude

    beedude Out Of The Brooder

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    We live in Central Florida and the ground is all sand. In this type of environment do you think it will be necessary to provide grit? Is sand too fine to be functional for the chicken's gizzard?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Yes, sand only works for tiny chicks up to around 4 weeks old.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7337231
    see my post #5 for what is on the bag of my grit

    If it isn't large enough they won't grind efficiently. It is their teeth. If they are caged and not getting treats (just commercial ration) they wouldn't need grit, as the commercial feed is all ground up. But if they eat grass, whole grains, etc., they need the grinding action.
     
  3. beedude

    beedude Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the education. Love this forum.
     
  4. kimf

    kimf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    beedude--where in central FL? I would love to connect with some locals to share ideas, successes and not so successes. I am in Seminole Co. [​IMG]
     

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