Grit and oyster shell thread!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicken farmer, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post pictures of your grit and oyster shell feeders and your flock enjoying it and if you want tell about the importance of it for others that are still wandering about it[​IMG]
     
  2. helorugger

    helorugger Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't have a picture handy but this weekend my son and I installed a cat feeder in the coop that we filled with oyster shell. We mounted it on a shelf about 8" off the floor so that bedding doesn't get into it and we made the shelf small enough that I don't think they can get on it to make too much of a mess.

    So far it is working out well. We also put a screw through the bowl and into the shelf so they can't knock it off...
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I just toss mine on the ground......
     
  4. tankgirl88

    tankgirl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hand mix mine in with their food :)
     
  5. AlanW

    AlanW Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll try to upload a pic. The far one is grit, near one is oyster shell.
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  6. helorugger

    helorugger Out Of The Brooder

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    Nice setup Alan. My feed store is telling me that the oyster shell will act as the grit as well since the shell they get is fairly rounded. It doesn't look like you subscribe to that train of thought...
     
  7. AlanW

    AlanW Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm led to believe that grit does a different function than oyster shell. That said, if your birds are getting some outdoor time, then they are probably getting all the grit that they need. Mine free range if the weather permits. They probably don't even need the grit, but it does no harm.

    The dispensers are solid-bottom rabbit feeders. I think they were about $9-10 each thru amazon prime.
     
  8. UrbanBYC

    UrbanBYC Out Of The Brooder

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    About how large are the chunks of grit? My feed store has "Chicken Grit" but they were pretty large ices of this marble looking gravel and it looked WAAAAYYY too big. I free range mine when the weather is nice and have some time so it isn't very urgent, but I dont think it could hurt if it is ok.
     

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