I'm new to your group

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kerr, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. Kerr

    Kerr Songster

    Jun 5, 2007
    Wow where to start....
    I'm new to your group and new to the world of
    I adopted a Hen, 5 egg laying chicks (someday) and 1 meat chick
    (which is not going for meat ever) ..he's hilarious
    I've learned alot from this site so far.....
    At risk of sounding stupid......
    I'm going to the co-op today to get grit...
    what does it do?
  2. robbobbin

    robbobbin Songster

    Jan 28, 2007
    Grit help with digestion.
  3. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Hi and welcome to BYC!! You'll love having chickens and will probably end up getting lots more if you hang around here!!! [​IMG] Just sprinkle their food with it as if it were salt. You don't want to give them TOO much or they could get stopped up. Once they are outside you don't have to give them grit anymore as they will find their own. Have fun with them!!!

  4. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    When chickens eat, it all goes into their crop (you may notice the slight bulge on your chicken's chest after it eats a lot). Since chickens have no teeth, the food needs to get broken down somehow. This is what grit is for - it helps grind up the food so it can continue down the digestive tract. If they are outside chickens, they will pick up enough just while grazing.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Be sure to watch meat chick's food consumption if you want meat chick to be healthy. It will literally eat so much and grow so fast it can be prone to things like heart failure and twisted legs.
  6. Kerr

    Kerr Songster

    Jun 5, 2007
    Thanks very much!
    Every morning I go out to hang with the babes and check
    the Hen for an egg - you'd think I'd struck gold everytime I find one:)
    I'll add a bit of grit and I think I'll have things under control
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I always thank Penny and Obelisk for their eggs...and give em a big smooch and a hug.
    Good luck with your new babies.
  8. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Hi & Welcome to the board & the world of chickens.

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