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Do baby chicks need oyster shell?  Where does their calcium come from if I'm not feeding a pre-made feed and don't feel comfortable giving egg shells yet?  One source I read said to sprinkle oyster shell across the brooder floor once a week or so to encourage foraging.  It's certainly less expensive than aragonite.  Any tips??

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Do baby chicks need oyster shell?  Where does their calcium come from if I'm not feeding a pre-made feed and don't feel comfortable giving egg shells yet?  One source I read said to sprinkle oyster shell across the brooder floor once a week or so to encourage foraging.  It's certainly less expensive than aragonite.  Any tips??

What *are* you feeding them?  Knowing what you are giving them will help to determine the calcium content of the diet they have and whether any additional calcium would be needed. 

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In a free range situation, their calcium would be coming from greens and insects. Agree with OGM we need to know what you're feeding them now to make a good assessment.

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