Chickens need grit because they do not have teeth to grind down their food. When left to forage over a larger area, chickens naturally pick up grit in the form of tiny pebbles. They store grit in the gizzard and when the gizzard moves, the food is ground with any grit inside.

Do chickens need to eat gravel?

Chickens eat rocks and stones to help them digest food—it’s that simple. Even though rocks offer no nutritional value and don’t taste good, chickens eat them because they help grind the food inside their gizzards.

Do chickens need grit if they have sand?

Though chicks need grit to help digest their food, sand gets sodden and can clump in the chick’s crop unlike commercial grit or dirt. This can lead to complications causing suffocation, impacted crops and even death.

How often should chickens grit?

A chicken requires 30 to 50 grams of stones or insoluble grit every year.

What happens if a chicken doesn’t get grit?

Sour crop (see our article) can be caused by insufficient grit in the gizzard. When a chicken eats, the food goes down into the crop for storage and later digestion. If the food cannot be processed due to lack of grit, the food will start to rot and your hen will develop a sour crop.

What should I put on the floor of my chicken coop?

What Do You Use on the Floor of the Coop? For the deep litter method, use pine shavings or hemp bedding as your bottom layer since they are small pieces and compost fairly quickly. Pine shavings are inexpensive and available online or at your local feed store in bales.