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

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    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

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    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

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    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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