Health Hazard warning on bag of grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KelBelle, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. KelBelle

    KelBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to pick up a bag of grit today and was rather concerned about the Health Hazards warning on it. I decided not to buy this particular bag. It said it contains aluminum oxide. Now why would I want to give my chickens something to injest that we know is harmful to humans? How many manufacturers of grit are there?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Isn't aluminum oxide the colorant they use for it? I know some grit bags have coloring in them to make them appear "tasty" or some weird reason. . . I think the only warning they're trying to say is that you should not breath it in when pouring it, as it comes up in a dust cloud.
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    A good many rocks have varying degrees of aluminum oxide in their make up. Granite being one of them. Why they have to put a warning label on the bag I don't know, but many rocks that make good poultry grit are likely to have a fair amount of aluminum oxide in them because it is a very hard mineral.

    The red coating found on some grit is usually a mineral and/or vitamin supplement.

    Edited to add: I suspect the warning label is because of the inhalation hazard from the rock dust the grit contains.
     
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  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Why they have to put a warning label on the bag I don't know

    One word: LAWYERS

    It won't hurt the chickens though.

    If they free range they probably don't need any grit at all​
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yeah they don't want to be sued. Breathing rock dust is serious business.
     

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