I am sure you probably know this but, just in case, chickens don’t have teeth! To grind their food they carry small stones and sand in their crop or throat. This is commonly known as grit. It is important to have some grit available for your girls at all times. If they free range daily they will pick up small stones etc but still provide this important supplement as hens need a high level of calcium in their diet as they are producing a calcium-encased egg each day. You can buy oyster grit from pet stores or feed stores or you can make your own. I save any empty mussel shells or kina shells and dry them in the sun. Once dried you can smash them with a hammer (a great job for boys) into small chicken sized bites. If you want some eye candy in your backyard get some Silver-Laced Wyandottes. These hens are striking with their contrasting silver white and black feathers. They have a lovely, quiet nature, love to forage for insects and are good layers, laying a large medium brown egg most days.