Grit is good
Grit is a valuable additive to the diets of most birds, including chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. Birds need grit in their gizzards to help them break food down for better nutrient absorption.
If you’re mixing your own poultry feed, grit is particularly important because that diet contains whole grains and grit helps your birds break those down properly. In fact, any bird diet containing whole grains will benefit from grit.
Feeding grit is a particularly good thing to do during the winter when birds may not be outdoors as often, or snow prevents them from picking up sand and other coarse particles that serve as natural grit in their diets.
Hen scratch is a real treat for birds and can be given regularly to all domestic poultry, including chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese.
However, hen scratch is not a substitute for complete feed and should never exceed 5% of your flock’s total diet. If you go over 5%, you risk a drop in production because your birds will not be getting the complete diet.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to feeding your flock properly. UFA has many feed options to choose from and your local UFA customer service and sales representative can help. If you have questions, come on in and ask, and let’s make sure your birds have the proper diet they need to thrive.