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I don't think it is possible for them to have too much grit. They will know how much they need and as long as it is available for them, they will just take it as they need it. It always amazes me how much grit pumping parents eat. They will literally eat almost as much grit as food. Hey, I guess Mother Nature knows best!

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Just a question, and sort of a problem, because everytime I put grit out there the pigeons go crazy and is usually empty really really fast. Infact I think they eat it more than their food. So there is no problem?
 

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Just a question, and sort of a problem, because everytime I put grit out there the pigeons go crazy and is usually empty really really fast. Infact I think they eat it more than their food. So there is no problem?
no,they need it to lay eggs and feed babies. if you have some pairs they will be laying soon.;)
 

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I have two pairs, one pair have a 15 day olds and the other pair is sitting on eggs right now. :)

Thanks for the replies.

Alright, My new knowledege from this is have grit out as much as I have food out, and their are no problems with too much.

If that is wrong PLEASE tell me.
 

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I have two pairs, one pair have a 15 day olds and the other pair is sitting on eggs right now. :)

Thanks for the replies.

Alright, My new knowledege from this is have grit out as much as I have food out, and their are no problems with too much.

If that is wrong PLEASE tell me.
no problemos there.....now you know. I love new knowledge...and Im not being sarcastic either.:)
 

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Just a question, and sort of a problem, because everytime I put grit out there the pigeons go crazy and is usually empty really really fast. Infact I think they eat it more than their food. So there is no problem?


Grit should always be available to them and should be put in a seperate container from their food. When it is available to them all of the time you will find they will only eat what they need. With grit there should always be some waist! It should be dumped and replaced with fresh grit at leased every second or third day (If not every day).

If they are eating more grit than food they would start getting light.

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Grit is almost as important as feed, to a point. Ever tried to digest grain with no "teeth'? LOL! some of the old guys that taught me said, no matter how well you feed, it is useless with out good grit. :D:D:D:D Dave P.S. Yes there are times when they go for the grit FIRST, and seem to want it more.....
 

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I have separate containers for grit and feed. they always have grit in their feeding area. Unlike baby chickens, it is safe to leave grit with the pigeons 24/7. (Baby chicks, if they are not taught correctly will fill up on grit, thinking it is food and actually starve to death, found this out the hard way!)
I use an old rabbit pellet feeder with an extended top so they can not poop in the grit if they try to perch on the top of the grit container.
 

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Leave the grit out 24/7 like everyone has stated. Your birds will consume whatever amount in needed and will stop once they've had their share. It very important when they are feeding youngsters. The grit that the youngsters get from the parents allow them to breakdown the food they take in.
 

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Sorry, did not even read the whole post, Scott, DROPPINGS are very important indicators of a birds digestive system... There is NO such thing as too much grit/ calcium. Yes a birds droppings change, and it can mean nothing, except you let their grit run out, and they gourge on it, they will get loose, no problem. I will say this, Even Stress can and will change the droppings on a bird. But just because they are loose, do not PANIC, just see what is different. I can tell you this much, the rest has to come from experience, IF i am ready to ship a bird to a race, or too a show, if it was loose BEFORE i put it in the crate,THAT is something too worry about.
The droppings, the eyes, is the vent fouled?, are all things, if you want to know your birds,you had better be paying attention too! JMHO! Dave
 
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