Pullet eating "too much" grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Wynette, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got a 16-week old Copper Black Marans pullet that seems to eat lots of grit...much more than anyone else in her pen. She seems to be of good weight, and seems fine, health wise. I was just wondering if anyone else has chickens that seem to eat "too much" grit?
     
  2. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Hi!

    I recently read somewhere--I believe in a long lost thread on BYC--that a study on this very topic was done at some University(?)/ Poultry Place (?). The question regarded--if I recall--the danger of chicks eating too much grit.

    At any rate, they found that chicks that seemed to eat alot of grit actually all in all consumed no more than their little fellows--and that all did fine. Apparently the little ones learn eventually where the real food is/what the real food is, even though at times they may seem not to.

    Maybe i can find that again........

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=85023

    Rats, this isn't exactly the one. But I really did read that.........

    I don't think you need to worry. This I say, however, not from personal experience but from the bit of research I've done. I humbly submit to another's corrections.....
     
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  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks, John! Yea, you're probably right. If she was eating too much grit & not enough feed, she'd be sick by now, most likely.
     
  4. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Is she really eating grit or pecking on the ground more than the other birds?

    If she is pecking more she might be eating little things like critters and seeds that are hard for us to see.
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I have my grit in a separate feeder on the wall so yes, she's eating...or I suppose she could just be moving it around in the feeder (?)
     

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