To grit or not to grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sepaditty1, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    771
    67
    198
    Mar 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    I keep my birds in a large run. They get store bought feed, kitchen scraps, and whatever bugs they can catch. All scraps and bugs are eaten off the ground. Do they need grit?

    If the answer is yes, give me ideas of what to use besides the $7 a bag stuff at TS. Kitty litter? Fish tank stones?
     
  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

    8,137
    140
    316
    Dec 16, 2011
    Iowa
    I don't use grit in the summer because my chickens get free range time everyday. In the winter I do use it as the snow covers the ground and any natural grit there is. I would spend the $7. Depending on the bag, it will last you a lifetime! A #25 bag has lasted 18 chickens almost two years, and it is barely half gone.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2013
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    5,545
    223
    288
    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    If your birds have access to the ground, grit isn't needed at all
    Grit is for birds that never leave their cages
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2013
  4. CedarAcres

    CedarAcres Sunny Side Up

    910
    42
    138
    Mar 18, 2013
    Connecticut
    My Coop
    I put it out even though my birds free range. They eat it sometimes. I bought a 25lb bag at tractor supply for $15, and it will last us for a really really long time.
     
  5. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    771
    67
    198
    Mar 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    Do you just sprinkle it on the ground? Or put it in a feeder?
     
  6. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

    8,137
    140
    316
    Dec 16, 2011
    Iowa
    I put it in a feeder. (Actually a dog bowl.)
     
  7. CedarAcres

    CedarAcres Sunny Side Up

    910
    42
    138
    Mar 18, 2013
    Connecticut
    My Coop
    I have a small container (like Tupperware) screwed to the side of the run. It's a shallow container about 2 by 3 inches. One for oyster shell and one for grit. I just put a scoop in each in case they want some.
     
  8. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,010
    24
    193
    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    I like that idea. I was just adding some to their feed but doing it that way seems much simpler.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by