what do you use for grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by technodoll, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock doesn't have access to any grit (their outside run is bare earth with mulched leaves and they only get to free-range for about 15 minutes every other day, under supervision) - anyways the ground is starting to freeze here... tons of snow soon.

    Can I give them dry sand in a bowl, would they peck at that as grit?

    Or is that too fine?

    What could I buy at the co-op?

    They're not helpful there...

    Thanks!
     
  2. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ask for granite grit. comes in 3 sizes Large to small is Layer,grower and chick grit. It will explain as to what size bird for each size. Sand is too fine. Will
     
  3. MiddleMan

    MiddleMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use very small rocks. They float, like ducks and chuches.
     
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  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I just buy parakeet grit from the local pet store. My feed store doesn't carry grit...
     
  5. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't been using store bought grit. Inside the run I have a lot of construction sand, which isn't as fine as play sand. The construction sand has varied sizes of pieces.

    When there's snow on the ground, then I'll use store bought grit, as the construction sand will be covered. Although, I also have it in a sand box beneath the tarp roofed portion of the run.
     
  6. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
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    crushed granite road base

    Any place that sells driveway/road gravel by the ton should have it, or you can do what I do..... scoop up a cup or so of it out of various gravel parking lots when needed [​IMG]
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    We have a gravel-bottomed river about 5 minutes down the road.
    I sift out approximately the right size pieces, based on the size of the stuff that I bought earlier this year.
     
  8. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think "they" (you know, the all elusive "they"!) recommend granite because it is a hard rock. Some the gravel you pick up from driveways are too soft/break down too easily to be of use in the crops to break down the chickens food. You may need to pick through the gravel to make sure it offers a selection of hard rocks like granite and quartz.
     
  9. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not true
    Grit is not used in the crop. It is used in the gizzard. Think of the crop as a kitchen cupboard. It holds the food for latter use.
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    You can use Builders or Agriculture sand its a lot courser than play sand.
    Also you can use Granite Grit or I like to use is like this because there is no need to get grit and oyster shells it is all in one with this..
    It is a mixture of:
    - Grinding stones---Grit
    - Silex-stones-------Grit
    - Oyster shells------Calcium
    - Sea shells---------Calcium
    - Redstone----------Rich in minerals and trace elements.
    - Charcoal-----------Has minerals and cleans the digestive system.
    - Anise oil------------For tasty treat and good for the feathers

    Chris
     

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