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What is Grit and why do you need it? Do I need it?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is grit? Whay do you need it? My chickens have acess to an big ground area with grass dirt ect do I need to go and BUY grit?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    May sound anti-establishment, but I've never bought grit. We live on a virtual sand and gravel Disneyland. [​IMG]

    Chickens need grit to grind their food, down in their digestive organs. They do not have teeth, so they swallow food, virtually whole.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens do not have teeth so they cannot grind their food the way we do. But they have a muscle called the gizzard that grinds it for them. But they still don't have anything hard enough to grind the food in the gizzard. So they eat small pieces of stone or large pieces of sand and use that to grind the food.

    I agree with Fred. If they have access to the ground, you do not need to buy grit.
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I never and have never in the past bought grit.


    You only need it if you cage your chickens or keep them in a small run.
     
  5. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Commercial feed has grit in it already!
     
  7. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Good 2 know
     
  8. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Really??? heck I didn't know that! Thanks!!!

    We don't buy grit either. lots of rocks for them to choose from.
     
  9. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    I used to have an above ground pool in the back yard. Sand is the base for the pool to sit on. Got rid of the pool, but not the sand. Chickens get their treats thrown in that area & seem to do very well without me having to buy grit.
     
  10. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm not sure you can make such a blanket statement. In fact, I know you cannot. The commercial food that I use does NOT have grit in it. If it did, I'd switch to one that didn't. There is NO WAY I'm paying 'food' price for rocks. If you feel you need to supply grit, then buy some. It will be way way cheaper than trying to get it in your 'commercial food'.
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2011

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