Cluckin’ Good Poultry Grit

$12.99

Chick, Grower, or Layer Sizes

Available online in: 7 lbs
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Product Description

Scratch and Peck offers grit in three sizes – Chick, Grower, and Layer. We recommend Chick Grit from hatching to 8 weeks, with our Grower Grit being the appropriate size from 8 weeks to 20 weeks and Layer Grit after that. Broilers should switch directly from the Chick Grit to the Layer Grit at 4 weeks of age.

Grit is necessary for the healthy development of a chicken’s gizzard. The gizzard aids in digestion, and allows for maximum nutrient benefit from whole grain feeds. Grit comes in various sizes for different birds depending on size and age.

Made up of insoluble crushed rock, grit remains in the bird’s gizzard to help with digestion. Grit is an essential part of your bird’s diet and should always be provided, especially if there is no access to small, sharp rocks (like a gravel driveway).

Our Layer Grit may be larger than what has been provided commercially, however, a long running poultry enterprise that we work with achieves their best results with this larger grit. If you have bantams or smaller hens, you may want to stick with the Grower Grit.

 

Chick Grit

Layer chicks from day 1 through 8 weeks of age.

Broiler chicks from day 1 to 4 weeks of age.

Baby chicks and turkey poults can mistake grit for feed with damaging results. Help them establish correct feeding habits by sprinkling grit over their feed mash for the first week or two and then offer it free choice in a separate container.

Grower Grit

Introduce to developing layer pullets and roosters at approximately 8 weeks of age.

We suggest offering Grower Grit either free choice in a separate dish or tossing on the ground in their coop area to encourage natural scratching behavior.

Layer Grit

Feed to developing pullets and full grown hens and roosters at approximately 20 weeks of age.

Feed to Broilers after 4 weeks of age.

We suggest offering Layer Grit either free choice in a separate dish or tossing on the ground in their coop area to encourage natural scratching behavior. The birds will self-regulate and take what they need.

If my flock is free range, do I still need to offer grit?
Yes. Ensuring that your chickens have enough access to an appropriately sized grit is difficult to assess. We recommend putting out a dish of grit near their feeder or mixed in with their feed to determine if they eat it or leave it. If they don’t consume the grit then they are most likely receiving an adequate amount from the soil. We recommend offering grit as a supplement to ensure they always have access.
The grit looks too big! Should I get a smaller size?
No. The larger size is fine as it will be ground down in the gizzard. Only switch to a smaller size if your birds are not consuming any of the larger grit. Some breeds are smaller than others and may need to stay with Grower Grit.
How is Cluckin' Good Grit different from Cluckin' Good Oyster Shell?
Grit is intended to build up in the gizzard and grind food as it passes through. Oyster Shell is intended to be broken down quickly and digested to allow for calcium absorption and egg shell strength. Wait until your hens are laying or nearly laying to offer Oyster Shell.

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