Frequently Asked Questions for 'Newbies'

by K.J.Theodore of  Shagbark Bantams

These pages were designed to help out the beginners and Juniors who are just starting out. For more advanced questions, please visit 'FAQs for the experienced Poultry Fanciers'. New questions will be added to both FAQ pages as I see a trend of their frequency. Additional contributors are identified when used. Please visit their websites when links are provided.



What is grit and when should I use it for my poultry?

Grit is anything that would provide a grinding tool in the gizzard, where the feed is broken down. Tiny pebbles, sand, grit, canary or pigeon grit, etc. are all suitable for adults birds, but only canary grit (or something similar in size) should be used for chicks, when necessary. If your birds are on commercial feed exclusively, then grit is not necessary. If you add grains or seeds, you should provide grit if the birds do not free-range. Under free-range conditions, grit is not necessary, although many feel more comfortable if they provide grit on a free-choice basis. This is especially true if you have a bird that tends to 'load up' on grass.

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