Need advice please...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by spatcher, May 15, 2008.

  1. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    I have 8 adult hens and a roo. I am feeding them a mix of crumbles and scratch. They also have oyster shells available to them at all times. Having stated this, will they need grit as well? They have a dirt run but are not free ranging. Thanx in advance!
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    As long as they have access to dirt/small pebbles they should be fine. They'll pick up their own. If it's just really fine dirt, you might want to occassionaly throw a handful of tiny pebbles in for them.
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I've heard that oyster shells will work as grit, and as long as they have sand and pebbles, they'll be fine.
  4. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    Thanx! Thats what I was wondering, if the oyster shell would serve as grit because of its hardness. They seem fine but was just wondering!
  5. ella

    ella Songster

    Oyster shell isn't ideal because if they feel compelled to eat it for it's grinding properties they can end up getting too much calcium. And it certainly isn't good for the rooster. No eggs in there! [​IMG]

    I'd buy a bag and have it free choice- you'd be surprised how little they'll take if they're getting it in they're run. I only have to buy a bag about every 3 years and I have 30 adults. I think it's worth it. [​IMG]
  6. illinichick

    illinichick Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    SE Il
    Oyster shells are not a substitute for grit. the oyster shells break down in the crop and do not grind the food. Oyster shells are absorbed by the chicken, hence stronger eggs, the grit does not break down therefore ; stays in the crop to grind the food.
  7. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I feed my penned chickens(breeders) grit occasionally. I try to let them out every so often, but if I can't I throw in a little grit in their feed. The ones that free-range,I don't worry about.

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