Soooo commercial feed = no grit needed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hanh3197, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Hanh3197

    Hanh3197 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2011
    Bay Area
    I am really confused.... If you feed chicks something like Purina Start and Grow do you need to supply them grit on the side???
    I'm a newbie sorry [​IMG] [​IMG] Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    You only need to supply grit when you are feeding the chicks other foods or treats. A chicken's food goes, as is, into the crop, where it is slowly funneled into a very small " stomach" for some digestive additives--then to the Gizzard, where it is 'chewed', that is, ground into material that can be digested as it moves into the intestines and so on... The Gizzard is best able to break down whole grains and other chunky bits that they eat when full of grit. Longest lasting grit is Granite. All other rock and stone is much softer, that it wears down fast and that is why granite grit is best choice and works really well for best utilization of feeds. My baby chicks are given free choice and they choose it with pleasure, Chick grit is fine Granite, as soon as they are given anything besides Starter Crumbles. Their tiny gizzards are at optimum function at an early age.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    If the ONLY thing they eat is commercial feed, no grasses, no bugs, no treats, they do not need grit.
  4. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    Yep, no grit is needed for starter feed. If you put some dirt containing sand in the coop for them to dust bath in they will
    pick up their own grit from that.

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