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Can I use sand for grit?

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I've been using chick grit for our chickens that are 2 months old now and was wondering if I can use sand  instead of store bought grit. It is finer than grit that you buy. Will it still help them " chew " their food? They have been out for about a week and are starving for treats!

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Yes, you can use sand for grit.

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post #3 of 6

I was going to ask that this morning, too, and did a search.  What I've read says that the beach sand should be rinsed because of salt content; and play sand and other sand is very fine and they would need a lot of it.  Mine have been eating play sand (the construction sand isn't as fine, so I'm using that next) and I give them some actual grit, too.  When they are outside on the grass, I am not sure how much they are actually getting from the ground.

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post #4 of 6

Construction sand is generally what is recommended.

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Black Stars, EEs, Marans, and a feathered demon (whoops, I mean silver Lakenvelder) and now 6 mixed chicks under two broodies!
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post #5 of 6

thats what i plan to use in my run floor

post #6 of 6

Yes, for young chicks.  But you have two-month-old pullets?  The sand will just pass right through.

My 7-weekers are choosing granite bits that are roughly 1/4" in size.


Edited by debid - 5/24/11 at 3:12pm
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