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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

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    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

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    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

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    So long as it hasn't been dyed or coated with anything it will be fine.
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    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.
     
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  6. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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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