Winter grit

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mrkep, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. mrkep

    mrkep Songster

    Mar 10, 2010
    Richwood , Ohio
    Mylittle flock , 15 Buckeyes , are tolerating the cold and snow cover, they go out when the wind isn't too strong, and they are producing 10-12 eggs a day. Yesterday I got to wondering about grit now that the ground is frozen solid and covered with snow & ice. I have a container in the coop with grit and oyster shell, do you suppose they have enough sense to get all the grit they need from there or should I scatter some outside with their scratch feed?Any grit that I scatter will eventually be frozen in the ice so I'm wondering if they will peck it out or ignore it.
    This is our first winter with chickens, I have the freezing water thing under control, don't want them to get sick or bound up for lack of grit.
    Thanks , mrkep

  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    I keep a bowl of grit & a bowl of oyster shell out in the run at all times. It is always available to them whether they need it or not......
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing 9 Years

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Your doing the right thing to keep bowls or dishes inside the coop. Chickens will take up what they need of either kind. The insoluble kind is good for helping prevent crop problems. The other of course for egg shell production.
    So I'd say your good the way you are doing things.

    Wish you a safe and warm winter


    Buckeyes huh? Gotta get me some of those.

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