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I never heard of getting to much Calcium.

I'm not sure how it could be from the feeding just being too high in calcium but when watching my birds diet specifically my peafowl, they only eat a lot of oyster shells when the hen is laying and when the peacock is growing his train back in. When they don't need it they won't eat it but eat the rest of the feed in the pan leaving the oyster shells behind.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by 24karot View Post

Can hens get too much calcium? I have 4 RIRs that are laying and I give about 1 quarter cup pulverized shells mixed in yogurt every 3 days
They eat the whole thing. They free range and eat grower feed. I had a hen that was egg bound due to soft shell, but she passed it along with a shell less at the same time
No problems since giving them shells. I can't mix in with the feed as the pullets will eat it too. Am I giving them too much?

Hi! I don't think you can kill or damage them by feeding egg shells and yogurt unlless that's all they were offered. . Were you providing free choice oyster shell at that time? Was the hen laying soft shell a new layer? Sometimes it just  takes a bit for the factory to run smoothly and there was no deficiency . You're correct to not add egg shells to grower, that kinda makes it layer. Do your 4 RIR's have free choice oyster shell?

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Thanks to everyone for the good info. My hen has been laying for 6 weeks. She lays jumbo pretty brown eggs. I thought she was over the pullet egg "malfunction" period, so maybe she wasn't. I do have side dish of oyster shells, but I thought they weren't eating it because I never saw them. I watch them "like a hawk" pun intended. Well, calcium is recycled because I feed them eggshells to make eggshells and I make calcium carbonate from them for my calcium supplement. No more huge pills to swallow and it is organic!
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