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Grit is rocks used to break up seeds right? Does that happen in the crop? The birds must poop out the grit or why would they need a continuous supply?
If a bird doesn't get grit for a long period, will the seeds go through it undigested? Just wondering how the grit process works:)
 

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Yes, grit is usually a mix of stones, calcium, and other minerals pigeons need for aid in digestion. The grinding actually takes place in the gizzard, which is a very thick and tough muscle, so that the rocks/sharp seeds don't hurt them.
If pigeons go without grit, they are still able to digest their food, but it takes more work and is more stressful to the system. Some seeds and things may not be fully broken down unless they are able to get to some source of grit (either provided by you or picked up off the ground).
 

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Thanks for the info! I forgot about the gizzard, funny because that was the name of a little lizard I had years ago.
 
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