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Is Grit Required

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rsweet, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. rsweet

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    Is grit something that needs to be fed to my flock?
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  2. lazy gardener

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    There are varying opinions on that. There are those who will say that if they eat prepared feed, that they don't need grit. But, will they be going into a run? Eating grass and bugs? If so, grit is needed. IMO, it doesn't matter what they eat. Even if they are on prepared feed, they should have grit available to them. God gave gizzards to birds, not teeth. So, no matter the diet, I think they need grit, starting in the first week after hatch. If you have a normal yard, they should be able to meet most if not all of their grit needs from your yard. Even so, I still keep a bag of grit around for my flock. They especially enjoy it in the winter when everything is frozen and covered with snow and ice.
     
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  3. rsweet

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    So just normal pecking at the groung will meet their need needs?
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    Unless you live in a very sandy area. Typical grit is about 1/8 - 1/4" in diameter.
     

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