Oyster Shell as grit??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by idahobird, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. idahobird

    idahobird Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure why I havn't thought of this before but can oyster shell serve the same purpose as grit does for their digestion???
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    No. Oyster Shells should only be used for calcium purposes.
     
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  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Reading up on this a bit, says yes. It does provide them with grit. As long as you don't have any roosters to worry about in terms of grit. You don't want your boys eating the oyster shell, as added calcium is dangerous to their health. I'm not sure how much they would eat to provide them with the grit they need. Maybe it wouldn't harm them. I would have to research this a bit more.

    If it's only hens you are concerned about, it should be fine!

     
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