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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by questions543, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. questions543

    questions543 Songster

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    Hey im just getting started and have been doing alot of research... I need grit for my chickens and know that sands works, is there any type of sand I shouldnt use? I know this might sound stupid but can you buy sand from the home Depot and use that?
     

  2. Kaeta44

    Kaeta44 Chirping

    Don't use builder's sand.

    I use crushed oyster shells for my chickens. You should be able to get it at your poultry supplies store, or maybe even your local pet store.
     
  3. fiddlebanshee

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    Crushed oystershell is not grit, it dissolves and is a source of calcium. It cannot be used by the chickens in the gizzard.
     
  4. wayne hulgan

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    Do not use the play sand that you buy at the big home building supply stores. You could get some from a cenent construction company, or you could just get some from the side of a creek or river. Plain old dirt from your yard will work also.
     
  5. tweetysvoice

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    If your chickens are still baby chicks, you can buy grit from any pet store that's used for pet birds, such as parakeets.
     
  6. Grenedle

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    Why only when they are baby chicks? What happens when chicks become adults to make it so you can't use pet store grit?
     
  7. tyjaco

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    adult hens need a "bigger' grit than what pet stores normally sell.
     

  8. questions543

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    thanks alot!
     
  9. ange92040

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    I read that grit should be marked for poultry use and not to use grit for pet birds. Is there a difference? other then size of the grit?
     
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Grit for pet cage birds often is fortified with calcium. Not such a good idea for little chicks. Check the label.
    I've never heard that adult chickens cannot have pet store grit. It would be a rather expensive option.

    Here's a pic of chick grit from the feedstore. Hens can use bigger grit, but I have found that the feedstores around here carry "hen grit" that isn't any larger, and most sand from box stores is also small.

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    Imp
     

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