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Question abotu using sand in the run for grit

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spatcher, May 25, 2008.

  1. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    Is having sand in the run adequate for the availabilty of grit for chickens?

    *edited title for clarity*
    Last edited by a moderator: May 25, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I'd say not for grown birds. Maybe it'd be okay just for chick grit. They need access to small pebbles/gravel/stones to grind up corn, etc. I've seen mine eat some good size stones at times.
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing 11 Years

    Mar 10, 2007
    Be careful....there was someone on this forum that her chicken ate too much sand and had to have surgery for an inpacted crop. Vet pulled out lots and lots of sand out of the hen's crop. But there are people here also that have sand floors....
  4. I often wondered about the sandy areas like Wisconsin and Michigan. I am giving some sand to my 6 weeks old black and red sex links.
  5. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    I'm curious too, since our ground is sandy. There's a little grass growing in the run area, but not much... it's mostly sand. Should I throw down shavings or hay in the run?

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