Can I use pigeon grit for my chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by psmith1982, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. psmith1982

    psmith1982 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2016
    I went and bought a bag of grit for my girls today and the feed store recommended a 50 lb bag of pigeon grit to save money. They said that it was fine to use it for my chickens. Have you tried it, and has it worked for you? It is smaller than the grit I normally use and has oyster shell mixed into it. Will this be sufficient for my girls?
  2. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    Grit for full grown chickens should look like this. Too small will not effectively grind up whole grains/seeds.[​IMG] I got 25lbs at TSC for $8:99. GC
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2016
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I agree with GC-Raptor. Pigeon grit is too small to help any chicken over about 6 weeks of age. It will pass right through the gizzard. It needs to be much larger to lodge in there to aid in grinding feed.
    Additionally, IMHO grit and oyster shell should be separate so chickens can choose whether they need help grinding feed or more calcium.
    My best advice is to not take advice from feed store employees. (no offense to those who actually know a lot about chickens but most of them don't)
  4. You can still use it once you get the Chicken grit...Just mix it....As mentioned...Keep your grit and oyster shell in two separate bowl.....

  5. psmith1982

    psmith1982 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2016
    Thank all of your very much for the advice. I ended up returning it and buying my normal bag of grit (that was much smaller and almost just as expensive :'( lol). Thank u again!

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