chickens eating perilite

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ericmcginn5, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when i garden i use potting soil and the white cotton things in it called perilite my chickens always eat it is it bad for them or no
     
  2. five is my dog

    five is my dog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think its bad for them. i would keep them out of the garden somehow or use different soil.
     
  3. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thank you i will do that for some reason they will eat it
     
  4. five is my dog

    five is my dog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your welcome! [​IMG]
     
  5. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perlite is a form of glass. Glass is pretty much chemically inert, so it should not be poisonous. Considering all the junk the chickens run through their crops as grit, I doubt the perlite would hurt them, because it has no sharp edges.

    Chickens will eat the strangest things. Mine will stand outside my woodshop and eat pieces of sawdust that get swept out the door. These are about the size of a grain of salt and have no nutrition I know of. They will spend long periods of time carefully pecking each and every grain of it off the ground.

    Chris
     

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