How to provide grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ted Brown, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Winter has started, ground is frozen and covered in snow. My covered run area (underneath coop) is a base of gravel/sand and covered with mulch, leaves and straw to a depth of ~18". My flock has two groups - seven 26 week old pullets and eight 6 week old chicks; the older ones tend to spend their day in the run area, the others tend to stay in the coop.

    I want to ensure that sufficient grit is available, propose to put clean construction sand in a plastic container strapped to an inside. I have crushed oyster shell in a container strapped to a wall, could mix sand in with that?

    What is the best way to provide any needed grit for the flock?
     
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Crowing

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    When I offer grit I use a feeder that does not allow the birds to scratch or dust bath in it.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Sand is not large enough to act as digestive grit.
    http://www.jupefeeds-sa.com/documents/GraniteGrit.pdf.

    I bought about a 2 gallon bag of granite grit from the local mill, they put it in their chicken scratch. Ran it thru a colander with 1/16" holes. Bagged the smaller stuff for the chicks and sprinkle some over a chunk of sod in the brooder during the second week. Toss some of the larger stuff out with the scratch once a month or so.
     
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  4. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    I keep feed, grit and calcium in PVC feeders.
     

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  5. Thanks.

    What do you use for grit? I have a separate container with crushed oyster shell always available, one of my suppliers says this will suffice as grit.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It will...kinda...it breaks down fast(much softer than granite)
    plus you don't want non-layers eating that much calcium.
     
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  7. I will ask about granite grit at my suppliers.

    Will they take what they need if I provide it in a separate container from the oyster shell or shall I mix with their feed?
     
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  8. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    This is the grit I use. I keep feed, grit and oyster shell in separate containers. They will take some when they need it.
     

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  9. Funny I was searching and found that brand. I am up in Canada and they do not seem to have a supplier here, will reach out and ask them. Also looking for granite grit.

    Thank you.
     
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  10. jreardon1918

    jreardon1918 Songster

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    I have a little rabbit feeder in the run. Currently it has a mix if oyster shell and grit. I will refill it soon and do a better job of separating the two.
     

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