Introducing Grit

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NewChickener784, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. NewChickener784

    NewChickener784 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks recently moved outside to the coop, and are approximately 4 weeks old. They are obviously still on the beginning feed, but I wondered if I should introduce grit/oyster shells to them yet? How do I do it....just throw them on the ground, or do I provide another feeder for them to get them out of?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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    Your chicks do not need oyster shell until they begin to lay. Oyster shell provides extra calcium for their egg shells.

    If yours are on the ground, they are getting grit. If you watch them they peck at the ground. Some of that pecking is to get grit. They also get other nutrients by pecking the ground.

    You can put grit in a separate container if you wish or you can just throw it down. They will find it either way.
     
  3. NewChickener784

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    So by this, I take it that it is never too early to introduce the grit? They aren't actually outside outside, but they are in the coop that is attached to the shed. I am finishing up the outdoor part/run, and then they will be able to get outside.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

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    It is never too early to introduce grit. One of the first things a broody hen does is show her chicks how to get grit.
     
  5. 2oldnow

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    I have eight Bk. autralorps that are now eight weeks old. When they were two weeks old, I added a light sprinkling of grit to their
    chick starter feed. They are doing fine and still receiving grit this way. They are being kept indoors as it is cold here.
     

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