what happens to the small stones after use..do they poop them out

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by freefly, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. freefly

    freefly In the Brooder

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    I never see stones in thier poop. So what happens them. I see them going in they eat losts of little stones but what happen to them
     

  2. ridgrats

    ridgrats In the Brooder

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    The grit (stones) go into the gizzard and are used to grind the chickens feed into a digestible size before it enters the stomach for digestion. The grit is slowly worn/ground away by this action. It does exit the body through the birds droppings but is small enough to be undetectable or it is absorbed as usable minerals.

    Rodney
     
  3. carress

    carress Songster

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    so.. what grinds the stones down? harder stones??
     
  4. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

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    Quote:Think about it like having a handfull of small stones in your closed hand and rolling them around grinding into each other,eventually they with grind away to sand. Will
     

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