Can pea gravel be used for grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joebryant, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Home Depot sells small bags of pea gravel. It's various sizes, up to about 3/8 inch. Would that work for grit. Everytime I buy 5# of granite grit from TSC, I feel like I wasted money.
  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    I've seen turkey gizzards with pea gravel size grit in them. Haven't seen that size in any chicken or duck gizzards yet. I would hope your birds know what size gravel they can get away with swallowing.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd think that would be a little large for most chickens.
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I've bought one bag of grit - when I first got my chickens, since then they find their own apparently! [​IMG] (perhaps they're recycling)
  5. SandyK

    SandyK Songster

    Jul 8, 2009
    Eldersburg, Maryland
    You would be better off buying a bag of construction sand at Home Depot instead.
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    If you have a river that's full of gravel - - - go get a bucket and sift out the big stuff.
    I agree I feel like I'm wasting money buying ground up rocks [​IMG] but I have bought 2 bags of chicken granite grit this summer -- so now I know about what size of grit that I need to sift the free rocks down to.

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