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Can I use aquarium Gravel as grit for my chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chiko, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Chiko

    Chiko Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    I got a huge bag of aquarium gravel with the Betta kit I bought online. I don't need the rest and its just taking up space in the cupboard. Can I feed it as grit to my chickens?

  2. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    More often than not aquarium gravel is coated with clear epoxy resin or colored in some way and I don't think I would use it if not 100% sure it is not.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'd be afraid it had something added to it, as mentioned above. Plus, isn't it kind of big?
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    So long as it hasn't been dyed or coated with anything it will be fine.
  5. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Granite is used for packaged grit because it is hard and has somewhat sharp edges. Aquarium gravel has NO sharp edges so it is not a good substitute unless you're going to crush it first.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011
  6. Chiko

    Chiko Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    Thanks everyone. It is a bit big and is dyed white. I'll just buy grit from the feed store. Thanks!--Hector
  7. shakti2u

    shakti2u In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2011
    Sedro Woolley, WA
    Just a note: I was worried about my chickens because there was a lot of glass on this property when I moved here. But, I found out that chickens can eat the glass and it comes out in their poop. I pick up anything big enough to see but they still get the little stuff.


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