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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Easter eggers, Jul 9, 2011.
Can I use rocks from my backyard as grit?
Yes, but the grit needs to be the constancy of coarse sand....
If your flock free ranges , they can pick up appropriate pebbles and rocks from the dirt, but if they do not have access to this, you should provided some form of grit.
I initially bought commercial grit, but then I started using construction sand in my run. This worked fine for them to pick up as needed. Now I free range my chickens and I only provide grit to the brooder group. One bag of chick grit has lasted me well over a year and is still half full.
Be careful because some types of sand is too sharp to act as grit and yard rocks may not be the right size. It is just easier to invest in some construction sand (not play sand) or some granite grit.
We do not use grit because our birds free range, they have access to all gardeny things and must pick something out of there, so I suppose pebbles are fine, as long as they're not too large