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chicks and calcium

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My laying flock is down to three so I am going to add three new chicks.  I will switch the layers back to a grower feed (all flock) and offer oyster shell free choice for calcium (I do this any way).  Will the chicks just not eat the oyster until they are ready to lay?  It seems to me that they would eat it as if it were grit.  I know a lot of people do this and am sure it works just fine.  I just like to know the hows and whys.

 

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Yep, usually they avoid the oyster shell as its really too large for them to consume easily. There's also usually preferable grit available - they seem to enjoy small, round pebbles to anything flat or thin in nature when consuming their grit.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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