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Using Livestock Teeth as Grit, Specifically Rabbit Teeth

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Marissam06, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Marissam06

    Marissam06 New Egg

    Jul 21, 2011
    Hi all, I'm working on designing a permaculture for my backyard, I have everything for my chickens covered except grit. Then I got the idea to use the teeth of the frier rabbits we are breeding as grit. I Googled it, and found nothing what do you guys think? We're also farming crawdads, could their shells be used as grit (compromised mainly of chitin) if not any other ideas of what to do with this waste product?
  2. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2009
    I'd say that it might not work out so well...

    Wouldn't there be too much calcium for the young ones?

    ETA: Oyster shell is too soft to use as grit, so I'd say the crayfish shells are too soft.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  3. DvanderSlik

    DvanderSlik Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2011
    Hmmm... I wouldn't use teeth as grit. Are there any areas of small stones, pebbles, or tiny gravel on your farm? That is essentially what grit is.
  4. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    bloomington, indiana

    chickens, given enough area to roam, will usually just find their own little rocks and such [​IMG]

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