Grit and oyster shell?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cicene mete, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. cicene mete

    cicene mete Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    Should I be giving my hens grit and oyster shell, or is oyster shell enough?

    I've heard conflicting advice on whether oyster shell is a substitute for grit. We just started putting our chickens and a small chicken tractor for a few hours a day, and the grass is pretty rough (early spring in Massachusetts). I'm getting a lot of cecal poops, and it makes me think that maybe the oyster shell is not enough and I need to add some grit.

  2. mistylady

    mistylady Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Ohio near Coshocton
    I give both. The grit I toss out on the coop floor during the winter and they fluffed in it more than ate it. Now they can go outside but I still see them snacking on grit and shell both.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's my understanding that oyster shell is not a substitute for grit. I left my oyster shell and grit feeders outside once while I cleaned the coop and forgot it. After it rained the OS had started to turn to chalk; not so of the grit. "Chalk" is not going to work to grind up their food.

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