Does Grit Spoil?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by birdwatcherohio, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. birdwatcherohio

    birdwatcherohio Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had grit in one of my coops for about 6 months. I still have some left. It has been stored in a plastic container.

    I decided to put grit in another coop today, and the grit smelled bad. Since it has been so long since I have used grit, I wondered if grit just normally smells bad or is it possible it has gone bad or moldy (although I saw no signs of mold/mildew).

    Thanks!
     
  2. giggleboxfarm

    giggleboxfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Something must have been in the container because its just rock, small rock. I'd probably spray it with water.. rinse it off.
     
  3. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn`t grit ground up rock?Maybe there was something in the container before you put the grit in and it abosorbed the odor
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    We used to clean our aquarium gravel. Grit is nothing but gravel or crushed rocks. Clean it, slight bleach solution, rinse well, dry. It's just rock.
     
  5. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    If rocks can spoil, grit can spoil [​IMG]
     
  6. cochunk

    cochunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    grti is small rocks. but if spoils....[​IMG]
     
  7. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no. Mine is from the 1950s and still looks good.
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, grit can spoil

    It takes several billion years though
     

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