Grit or oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by legit chickens, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. legit chickens

    legit chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 13, 2016
    Hey guys I was wondering if I can feed my chickens oyster shells as grit? Or should I feed them both?
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    You cannot successfully use oyster shells as grit - they'll need access to a source of grit in addition to any calcium offerings you make available.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Oyster shell is soluble, meaning that it will dissolve in the acidic environment of a chicken's digestive tract. A chicken would have to ingest some with each meal. That would put a lot of extra calcium into them. An insoluble grit, like granite lasts over a much longer time before the gizzard's grinding will make it too small to be of use as a chicken's teeth.

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