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Posted 11th June 2019, 01:45 AM
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Grit and runny droppings


Hi, our two aviary pigeons have been perfectly happy on a diet of pigeon mix supplemented with salad leaves however I was told they needed grit, so I got them grit.

They’ve been eating it for the past 3 days and their droppings are now really runny. Is this just to be expected because of the introduction of grit or should I be concerned?
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Posted 11th June 2019, 05:26 AM
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I have heard if grit was wet it can harbor bacteria.. it has to be stored well and kept dry from the start.
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It was brand new and dry but it’s the first time they’ve had it.
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Posted 11th June 2019, 05:56 AM
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Iím saying before the company bagged it up.

Where do you live and what brand ? ,, what type of grit? Red pigeon grit? Grit for chickens or pet birds?
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Posted 12th June 2019, 03:02 AM
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It’s mixed pigeon grit (soluble and non-soluble) from Maltbys. We’re in the West Midlands, UK
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Posted 12th June 2019, 05:22 AM
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If you trust the product then, I would of introduced it gradually.

I would get a fecal test done by the vet . And see what is going on. In the mean time if they improve by withholding the grit then maybe the grit is harboring some type bacteria. It can do this if it had been damp at some point and not cleaned and dried properly. Also never let it get damp in the loft.
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