6 wk old chicks - Grit vs. oyster shell

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lauriruth, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. lauriruth

    lauriruth Chillin' With My Peeps

    is grit the same thing as oyster shell?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Grit is crushed granite usually, and you want to stick with that.....the crushed oyster shell is for laying hens, and that would be too much calcium for your chicks, which can actually harm their development.

    Good question!
     
  3. lauriruth

    lauriruth Chillin' With My Peeps

    chicmom,
    thanks...that's what i thought, but i was doubting myself:/
     
  4. kakayona

    kakayona Out Of The Brooder

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    i use road granite. was referred to it by a chicken raiser for 45 years.
     
  5. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    sand works
     
  6. SportChick

    SportChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where do you buy crushed granite? My feed stores don't carry it so I have to go to the pet store to buy parakeet/parrot grit which I bet is way more expensive. I know I could probably get it on line but I bet the shipping is expensive. Is there a brand I could ask my feed store to order?
     
  7. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most feed stores carry regular old grit in ?50 lbs bags......that'll last you for a good long time. Free ranging chickens can usually pick up grit/tiny stones as they forage
     

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