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 Post subject: Feeding Shellgrit
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:41 am 
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First thing I should say is that I always have shellgrit available to all my birds BUT..... I was wondering is it absolutely necessary when I am feeding Laucke Showbird and they live in yards that have an abundance of fine gravel/sandy dirt?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:08 am 
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Shell grit provides calcium. A good quality feed theoretically should provide adequate (especially if that is their only source of food) however I find that there are times when my birds will demolish the extra grit and other times when they ignore it - I also feed Lauke Showbird so I like to trust their instinct.
The gravel/sand (hard grit) performs a different function. It works in the primary part of the digestive tract to aid in grinding the food - more essential in a grain than a pellet diet.


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Shellgrit
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:23 pm 
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There is a theory that because of the unnatural demands of near-constant laying modern layers need to be able to assimilate calcium 24 hours a day and that coarse calcium grit is thus useful as slow release calcium.


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Shellgrit
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:21 pm 
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Yes I have always offered shell grit but when you think of it, good quality pellets should supply all of the calcium requirements (not saying it does but in theory it should) and the gravel/grit should help to digest the food that they do eat.

I will always give shell grit just in case but maybe it isn't necessary.


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