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Can I use sand as grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Petra Pancake, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Petra Pancake

    Petra Pancake Songster

    I've got a new Bantam breeding pair in an aviary on our porch. The ground of the aviary is covered with yellow construction site sand that is relatively fine. Is that good enough for grit or too fine? Should I put some natural earth with pebbles in as well? I don't think there is anywhere to buy professional grit here. I don't want to give them crushed egg shells because the hen isn't laying now and their feed has too much calcium already.

  2. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    Grit should be around 1/8 to 1/4 inch, 5 mm in size.[​IMG] This is crushed Granite. You can also get chick grit for chicks, it's smaller in size. You should be able to get it where they sell chicken feed. I keep it in a separate container. GC
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2017
  3. Petra Pancake

    Petra Pancake Songster

    @GC-Raptor , thanks, and good idea with the photo.

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