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Can I use sand for grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimz1, May 24, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been using chick grit for our chickens that are 2 months old now and was wondering if I can use sand instead of store bought grit. It is finer than grit that you buy. Will it still help them " chew " their food? They have been out for about a week and are starving for treats!
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Yes, you can use sand for grit.
     
  3. I was going to ask that this morning, too, and did a search. What I've read says that the beach sand should be rinsed because of salt content; and play sand and other sand is very fine and they would need a lot of it. Mine have been eating play sand (the construction sand isn't as fine, so I'm using that next) and I give them some actual grit, too. When they are outside on the grass, I am not sure how much they are actually getting from the ground.

    I'm interested in all the answers, too!
     
  4. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Construction sand is generally what is recommended.
     
  5. Tofer76

    Tofer76 Out Of The Brooder

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    thats what i plan to use in my run floor
     
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, for young chicks. But you have two-month-old pullets? The sand will just pass right through.

    My 7-weekers are choosing granite bits that are roughly 1/4" in size.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

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