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Can I make my own grit?

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     My question is simply can I make my own grit for the chickens?  If I can make it could someone please tell me how.  

 

Thank you,

Nathan

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     My question is simply can I make my own grit for the chickens?  If I can make it could someone please tell me how.  

 

Thank you,

Nathan

 

If the chickens are free ranging they will usually find enough grit on their own

 

Honesty it's probably not worth the effort to make your own since it's not very expensive to buy it

 

 

Most "store bought" grit is pulverized granite.. so you would have to find granite and then a way to crush it

 

Oyster shell is just that.. crushed oyster shells

 

 

 

Some rocks are also toxic..  so I wouldnt advise just going out and beating any ol rocks you find with a hammer unless you know what they are.

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Thank you for your help

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I collect the tiny gravel spread by dept of transportation during winter for icy roads. It piles up on the sides of the road and isn't used for anything else so why not? Because of the chemicals and salt added to it for de-icing I wash gravel in dawn water and let dry. Most of it is the size of grit sold in stores and my chickens haven't had a problem with it. Free and helps the environment too!
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I collect the tiny gravel spread by dept of transportation during winter for icy roads. It piles up on the sides of the road and isn't used for anything else so why not? Because of the chemicals and salt added to it for de-icing I wash gravel in dawn water and let dry. Most of it is the size of grit sold in stores and my chickens haven't had a problem with it. Free and helps the environment too!

I personally wouldn't do this, even if I were to super wash & bleach it. Not only are you picking up chemicals/salt from the de-icer, you're also picking up traces of tar/asphalt debris, motor oils, anti-freeze, and who knows what else.

 

If you eat their eggs, or meat, definitely wouldn't do this.

 

OP, just pick up a bag of 'play sand' at the hardware store. You can get 100lbs of it for pretty cheap. Will last you years...


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