Grit Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BarredBuff, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is oyster shell and grit the same thing?
     
  2. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. Grit is actually small stones that the bird will usually pick up naturally if they are free-ranging, but needs to be supplied for them if they are in a coop/run situation. The swallowed stones sit in their crop and grind up the food they eat (since chickens don't have teeth). Oyster shell is a good source of calcium. Important for laying hens.

    Christina
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    No. Oyster shell is a calcium supplement for laying hens, to help create healthy shells. Grit is to aid digestion for all birds.
    Mine live on dirt floor pens and freerange a bit, so grit lasts a long time around here. The laying hens get oyster shell free choice, I refill the holder once a week.
     
  4. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didnt think it was but suprisingly you cannot find grit here even TSC doesnt have it or the Feed Store
     
  5. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

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    you can get grit from any petstore; they sell it for parrots, parakeets etc.
    Or you can go to almost any hardware store to get a bag of course sand or pea gravel.
     
  6. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dora'smom :

    No. Grit is actually small stones that the bird will usually pick up naturally if they are free-ranging, but needs to be supplied for them if they are in a coop/run situation. The swallowed stones sit in their crop and grind up the food they eat (since chickens don't have teeth). Oyster shell is a good source of calcium. Important for laying hens.

    Christina

    Once agian grit is used in the gizzard not the crop. The crop only holds food.​
     

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