metal in gizzards?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by watchdogps, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    Central Ohio
    How long can stuff stay in a chickens gizzard? I processed 15 roosters today, and there were several who had metal bits in their gizzards. I got these birds a couple months ago. They haven't been free ranging, so I know where they have had access, and as far as I can tell, there isn't metal bits available to them. Could this be leftover from their old home?
  2. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    Quote:Yes possibly from before you had them, but they are very good at finding odd stuff while scratching around.

    Really shouldn't be a worry in small quantity and works like mill balls in a grinder which is what a gizzard does. We have found everything but a gold nugget over the years and we keep hoping....

    I would think metal would last a good spell compared to some other materials.

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