Shell Grit for chickens - Essential Supplement for Chickens
Shell grit is an essential dietary supplement for chickens. Even birds that are fed a complete ration, such as Barastoc Premium Top Layer Mash, should still be given free access to a high-quality grit. Our Natural Shell Grit comes from pure seashells; it aids digestive health and is a good source of calcium for layers and young birds.
Why do chickens need shell grit?
All chickens need access to grit, in the form of stones and/or shells, in order to digest food properly. Like most birds, chickens do not have any teeth. Instead, food is “chewed” by the gizzard before passing to the stomach for digestion. The gizzard is a small, muscly organ that uses grit to grind up food. Without grit in their gizzards, birds will suffer from malnutrition and low energy, as they are not able to digest food properly. Free-ranging birds will naturally consume small stones for this purpose, but it is good to provide an additional source of grit for your chickens as well.
Shell grit also has a second benefit for chickens as a source of calcium. Calcium is an essential nutrient and is particularly important for laying hens, which need high levels of the mineral to produce strong egg-shells, as well as young birds, which use it for bone development. Insufficient calcium will lead to a range of chicken health issues. While calcium can be supplied to birds in a variety of forms, access to shell grit is one of the most effective, and is recommended even with calcium-supplemented chicken feeds.
Features of Shell Grit for chickens (350g)
- Made from natural sea shells
- Suitable in coarseness for common chicken breeds
- Rich in calcium
- An effective dietary supplement for laying hens
- Promotes healthy egg-shells and bone development
- Suitable for use as a grit, ensuring digestive health
- 350 grams of shell grit will supply a medium-sized flock for over a year
- Manufactured in Australia
How to use shell grit
Chickens should be given free access to shell-grit at all times and are able to regulate their own intake. Place the grit in a bowl or hopper in a sheltered area to protect from the wet.
Note that shell grit is not required for birds fed only commercial feeds (no scraps or treats) and not allowed to free-range.
Learn more about keeping Chickens health at our Learning Centre
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|State||Estimated delivery (business days)|
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With the exception of busy times of the year, orders received before 11am are generally shipped out that same day.