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Do I need to feed my chicken grit?

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Grit has a very important role to play in poultry nutrition as birds do not have any teeth and therefore require an alternative way of breaking up their feed. A chicken’s anatomy is such that after the food has been stored in the crop it then passes further down the digestive tract into the gizzard, which is also known as a mechanical stomach. Here the pieces of grit ingested by the birds act as tiny millstones, which in conjunction with the powerful muscles of the gizzard break down the feed into smaller particles, making digestion and nutrient adsorption more effective.

In normal circumstances, when chickens are free-ranging or have access to a reasonable sized outdoor space they will pick up small stones and particles of grit from the ground. However with the period of confinement due to avian flu set to continue, birds should be provided with a source of grit within their enclosure that they can help themselves to as and when required.


Without sufficient grit in their diet poultry can suffer from impacted gizzards and other blockages along the digestive tract as a result of poorly digested food compacting when it is unable to pass through normally.


The best grit to use is an insoluble hard flint mix which is available in a variety of sizes to suit the age of your birds. While oyster shell grit is also available it is soluble and easily broken down, making it unsuitable as a digestive aid.


Would you like to know more? Our nutrition team is always happy to help and they will not blind you with science!

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Update: Avian Influenza Update ‘Higher Risk Areas’
On 10 April the UK Chief Veterinary Officer announced that from 13 April, housing or range netting would no longer be required in Higher Risk Areas. This decision was taken on the basis of the latest veterinary advice and scientific evidence which concluded that the level of risk to poultry in the Higher Risk Areas has now reduced to the same level as that across the rest of England. For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017
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Update: Avian Influenza Update ‘Higher Risk Areas’
Further to the Avian Influenza update by DEFRA on March 20th 2017, there are now ‘Higher Risk Areas’ (HRAs) which have been defined to manage the disease. To find out if you are in a HRA, use the interactive map http://www.gisdiseasemap.defra.gov.uk/intmaps/avian/map.jsp and then follow the below advice: • if you’re not in a Higher Risk Area, then birds can be allowed outdoors into fenced areas provided the areas meet certain conditions • if you are in a Higher Risk Area then keepers must either keep their birds housed, in permanent or temporary sheds; or allow birds outdoors but only into a fenced run which is fully covered by netting
Do I need to feed my chicken grit?
Grit has a very important role to play in poultry nutrition as birds do not have any teeth and therefore require an alternative way of breaking up their feed. A chicken’s anatomy is such that after the food has been stored in the crop it then passes further down the digestive tract into the gizzard, which is also known as a mechanical stomach. Here the pieces of grit ingested by the birds act as tiny millstones, which in conjunction with the powerful muscles of the gizzard break down the feed into smaller particles, making digestion and nutrient adsorption more effective.
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