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Oyster shells

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sowellj, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. sowellj

    sowellj Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you use oyster shells instead of grit? No one around here carries the grit. They said the chicks and ducklings get it in their feed. I wanted to start giving my ducklings some greens.
     
  2. sowellj

    sowellj Out Of The Brooder

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    I forgot to mention they are all inside right now. What else could I use if not oyster shells.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Oyster shells provide calcium. They do not serve the same purpose as grit. Can you get parakeet/cockatiel grit?
     
  4. sowellj

    sowellj Out Of The Brooder

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    Parakeet grit would be ok?
     
  5. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    even if you can go to a creek and scoop up abunch of small gravels that would be fine as long as you make sure there is no glass or any trash in it I use the ohio sand we brought in for our personal beech we made in our lake i scoop it up with a bucket and set it back to dry! then everyone chickens and ducks get it!
     
  6. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    forgot to mention you need the fine stuff for young ones!
     
  7. sowellj

    sowellj Out Of The Brooder

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    So is regular sand ok? Beach sand?
     
  8. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i thought there was grit in the regular feed?
     
  9. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    if you buy your feed from a feed store that mixes it up for you and sells it by the pound, they might add grit. But if you buy a 25 or 50lb bag od feed and scratch, it does not have grit in it.
     
  10. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    Quote:No beech sand will have to much salt I talking about ant sized gravel small as you can find our sand here is mostly small fie smooth gravel
     

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