sand or limestone grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RobbinsBobbin, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. RobbinsBobbin

    RobbinsBobbin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I am going to use sand in the coop for a base for deep litter and around the coop to keep the mud down. My local excavator told me that the chicken farmers in the area use limestone grit in their chicken yards. This is the fine, ground dust from limestones. Has anyone heard of this?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I've not heard of using it but I suppose it would work. Without researching it I'd be a little concerned about there being a dust issue if the birds scratched it up - it could lead to respiratory issues. But who knows - maybe it's a great option.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

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    I would think that if they ate the limestone, it would be too high in calcium, too small and soluble to use as grit.
    For effective grit, it needs to be insoluble and of appropriate size to lodge in the gizzard. That would be granite, flint or some other rough shaped stone that won't dissolve in the acidic environment of the digestive tract.
     
  4. RobbinsBobbin

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    Thanks, guys.
     

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