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grit?

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

  1. questions543

    questions543 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    wayne hulgan Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    tyjaco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    adult hens need a "bigger' grit than what pet stores normally sell.
     
  8. questions543

    questions543 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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