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Oyster Shell Mixed Or Seperate

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Is it best to mix the oyster shell with the feed or as a side dish?
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I put them on the side and the hens eat as needed.
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When I give it to them on the side, they just spread it everywhere. So every few days I just mix some in their feed.

Actually I give mine egg shells.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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post #4 of 7
Separate makes assessing intake easier.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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post #5 of 7
I've tried both ways and it seems that it just gets spread all around. I haven't seen a single chicken actually eat it. We do save our egg shells and grind them up in the food processor, then add that to the feed. Trouble is that the amount we get from eggs doesn't last very long. Is there another form of calcium that the chickens are more likely to eat than oyster shell? I thought about using bone meal (which is what brought me to this forum), but I don't know if it's safe for chickens. I don't see why it wouldn't be safe for them, but I thought I'd ask before trying it on the flock.
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I'm no expert, but people here in Kenya use bonemeal, and i have done in the past. Fortunately almost all my flock are laying, so i give them layers food but i do put additional free choice limestone for them (never touched, but thats ok).

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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post #7 of 7

I toss my oyster shell and/or egg shells into the run and let the birds scratch around for them. Same with grit if I supplement with that. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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