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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hvntgtaclu, May 24, 2019.

  1. hvntgtaclu

    hvntgtaclu Chirping

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    Hello all! As my title stated I am a newbie to keeping chickens. I am starting a small flock of 6 birds that will stay at no more than 6 birds. They are now 6 weeks old and about ready to go outside. Awesome experience for myself and the kids so far! The coop will be placed inside a run. I live in Southern New Jersey where the soil is mostly sand . The coop and run are going to be placed on a mostly bare area with some moss. I would like to know if the birds will use the available Sandy soil as grit or do I need to provide grit for them? The local mom and pop farm supply is telling me that I need to supply grit but I am skeptical. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    John
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Good morning, John, and welcome to BYC. Free range birds rarely need additional grit, but confined to a pen they will soon utilize all the 'best' grit available. Eventually it might be a good idea to provide additional grit. Good luck with your new flock.
     
  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello, John, and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Get the grit. It's cheap and they need larger sharp piece of grit than sand can provide.
     
  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  5. john_wrightson2003

    john_wrightson2003 Chirping

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    Ya, get the grit. #bettersafethansorry
    Welcome to BYC and best of luck with your new flock. :thumbsup
     
  6. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new hobby.

    Here are some links to key resources:

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  7. hvntgtaclu

    hvntgtaclu Chirping

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    Thanks everyone, I bought this even though I was skeptical. I'm guessing I can get it for a better price in larger amounts at tractor supply. This was $9 for a 5 pound bag 15587046954307543304835521052298.jpg
     
  8. hvntgtaclu

    hvntgtaclu Chirping

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    Thanks!
     
  9. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
     
  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

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    Welcome :welcome Nice to have you here! The chick grit is ok for little ones, a bit more pricey than the ‘regular’ grit. Once your little flock is a couple of months old just get the basic grit, it usually comes in larger sturdy paper bags
     

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