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You may have seen poultry grit in the feed store. There are two kinds and the most important is called ‘hard’ or ‘flint’ grit. This is just little stones, but although humans would be ill if they ate stones, chickens need to swallow them to help grind up their food. Make sure your chickens always have some flint grit. Leave it in a dish or small feeder and they will take what they need.
The other type of grit is made of oyster or cockle shells or limestone. It’s high in calcium which helps make strong eggshells. You can put some in a separate bowl and let the hens help themselves. Don’t give this kind of grit to young chickens who haven’t started laying eggs yet, as it can cause problems with their development.
You may also see ‘mixed grit’ which contains both kinds in one pack. Have a good look around next time you visit a feed store!