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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 3riverschick, May 27, 2014.
Shhhhh, 3riverschick doesn't have a stake in quartz, but in granite mining.
Well look in the bibliography of grit cited in post 3 and see what it says about quartz. There Are 7 cites which discuss quartz in the book. It is keyword searchable.
What's the grit? Can someone post a picture so i can better understand
This is what I use:
This is commercial granite grit:
Now is the grit a must have? I assumed they would get what they need from the ground once they got outside. I want to try to just let them live a natural life without the things the people try to assume they need if you know what i mean. My bf wants to clip their wings but i just want them to be able to fly because i feel we should be able to have a real free range farm. I feel that they would be able to get away from predators better if they could fly up in the trees. Any thoughts on this? I'm asking so that i can learn more about them.
No on clipping wings if your chickens are free range. What would be the point?
To see if your soil has appropriate natural grit, collect some random soil samples from around the premises the chickens free range. Get a strong hand lens and look at the granules. If they are all rounded, the gravel is unsuitable as grit. If you see nice sharp, angular edges, it's suitable. Also it should measure in size from just under 1/8 inch to just over 1/8 inch in diameter to provide a proper size assortment for different sized chickens.
If you have sand in your coops and runs, this sand should also contain the proper type grit described above. If it's rounded or of very small size, it's unsuitable. I have masonry sand in my coops and runs, and I have never in ten years bought commercial grit.
My chickens are free range. Should I be feeding them grit or do they get enough from the soil?
See @azygous comment above.
Now is the grit a must have? I assumed they would get what they need from the ground once they got outside. I want to try to just let them live a natural life without the things the people try to assume they need if you know what i mean.
Read the first 4 posts in this thread.