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purina "starter/grower" has grit in it right?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by yay-for-chickens!, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. yay-for-chickens!

    yay-for-chickens! In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2009
    My gal's and 1 boy are 10 weeks just about, on medicated purina starter/grower.

    Does purina Starter grower have grit in it? When can I take them off the medicated stuff?

    They are in an outside largeish run, should i start offering a bowl of grit for them to munch on or mix some in the feed?

  2. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I don't think that it has grit in it.

    If your birds has access to the ground (where there is dirt and small sand/pebbles) they don't need any grit. They will get it from the ground. If they don't have access, you can sprinkle small amounts in their food.

    They should stay on the starter/grower until they start to lay eggs and then switch them to laying pellets/crumbles.

    Hope this helps!
  3. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    No, grit is a separate thing, to my knowledge it isnt in any feed.

    Depending on what type of birds you have - they shouldnt be switched over until around 20-24 weeks, or if they start laying early.

    Mine are Red Stars and began laying at 15 weeks - they were still on their chick crumbles when they started laying. We didnt switch them to a layer/grower until then and even then we did 1/2 and 1/2 until they got a bit older and eggs more frequent.
  4. jhm47

    jhm47 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    If you're feeding crumbles or pellets, you won't need grit. It's only when you are feeding really hard, whole seed that grit is needed. Even then, they seem to be able to digest their feed quite well.
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Call Purina, they've got a great customer service line with very nice humans to answer all your questions. The toll-free number should be on your feed bag.

    I believe Purina Start & Grow is supposed to be complete, you don't need to add grit, it's got enough in it already. I think that's what I was told by Purina, but that was a couple of years ago, it could have changed.
  6. chickylady

    chickylady In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2008
    grand rapids
    I am also feeding the Purina Mills starter/grower. I did buy a bag of Chick grit and sprinkle it lightly on their food. They are not outside yet. Do you feed the medicated stuff? and is it safe to feed it until they are 18 weeks like the package says?
  7. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    As far as I know no chicken feeds have grit added. They are just ground up to the point the chickens don't need grit to digest the feed. They don't have to have grit to digest everything. They only need it for things that require grinding up. That's why you don't have to offer grit until you start feeding treats beyond things like yogurt.

  8. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    yes there is a company in california that puts grit in chicken feed


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    Your Price $5.29

    Manufacturer: Nutri Source (Purina Mills)
    Product Weight: 5lb resealable bag

    but I don't think it is Purina
    as this is what came up
    so I would provide them with goodgranite grit
    especially if they are running out in free range
  9. domino7

    domino7 Songster

    Jan 4, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Quote:THIS seems like the best answer . People shouldn't answer these questions unless they know. It just causes more confusion. That's my opinion anyway. At the very least let people know that you don't have that much experience when dispensing advice.
    texas patriot likes this.
  10. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    here is the reasoning I always used in my 60 yrs f chickens
    the mother hen takes her brood out and yes they scratch up grit of all sizes
    also it can;t hurt the chickens
    as long as you have waterers for the chicks to get feed
    buy the mineralized pigeon grip and it does double duty for chickens
    good minerals as well as granite grit

    small pea gravel will do the same ting

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