An investigation on the need of grit as a grinding agent in the digestive processes of bobwhite quail was conducted with 1,372 pen-raised birds at the Patuxent Research Refuge, Bowie, Maryland. Some of the stock was reared, maintained through winter, and bred without access to any grit, although the diet after the tenth week consisted of whole seeds......As to survival, weight, and efficiency of feed consumption, the birds without grit during their period of growth equalled those with access to grit. Such birds, when continued on a gritless regimen during the winter, survived and maintained their weight as successfully as birds on grit. There were no gizzard lesions, and the digestion of whole seeds was satisfactory. Subsequent health and reproduction were unaffected by the absence of grit......The quail reared with access to grit retained an appreciable supply of grit in their gizzards for five months after being deprived of it.