Digestive Grit

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Heme, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. Heme

    Heme Chirping

    Mar 28, 2014
    As we all know, birds need a Grit of various sizes to aid digestion. Without the ability to chew food the grit located in the gullet acts as a grinding force; in turn reducing feed to digestible size.

    I have suggested using Contractor Sand Mix (not play sand) with a variety of grit sizes.

    If you are lucky enough to have access to a small brook or active stream; you can scoop out containers of natural grit free of cost. Naturally the stream bed material has large stones mixed with the medium to tiny pebbles; so you need to sift the material.

    A hardwood square frame with window screen holes large enough for small grit to pass through is ideal to filter your final stage material. A local hardware store usually has wire screen or fabrics with various size holes to fit the bill.

    FREE is nice...so if you have access to a brook or stream, go that route.

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