Can oyster shells be used as grit?? or only as calcium??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chad the Chicken Man, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Chad the Chicken Man

    Chad the Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just picked up 2 differnt items one is #2 poultry grit, and the other is oyster shells and my question is are they the same thing. i know the oyster shells are used for calcium but are they also used for grit? i just bought the two to be safe and was going to mix them together. and also i save my egg shells and feed them back as well. just wondering, ive never feed them grit or anything because there free ranging all the time and i have a sand pit and gravel driveway, but with winter around the corner i though i better start to have it by there food to be safe.
     
  2. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

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    I think they absorb the calcium, but I don't see why it won't work. My birds pick the gravel out of the driveway for grit. I use the oyster shell on the side.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Grit is crushed granite, pebbles, sand etc that is used by the gizzard to grind up food. It is something the body cannot digest.

    Oyster shell, while gritty, dissolves and breaks down and is absorbed by the small intestine as a nutrient.

    They are not the same and do not serve the same purpose.
     
  4. Chad the Chicken Man

    Chad the Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so can i mix them together or should i have two separate containers?
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I think it is best to offer them free choice in their own separate container.
     
  6. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

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    I have 2 seperate bowls one grit, 1 oystershell.
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  7. Chad the Chicken Man

    Chad the Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thanks everyone!!
     
  8. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is how I feed grit and oyster shell. It works great. Grit is in half of the feeder and oyster shell in the other half. There is a divider to separate the two halves.



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