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My Hens Gobble Up Oyster Shells like Candy!

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I have three backyard hens all just around 4 months old. None of them are laying yet but I want to make sure that they have enough calcium for when they do. They are currently on regular layer feed pellets for food.

A couple of times I have put out a small tray of oyster shells for them that is separate from their automatic feeders. And I swear they eat it all by the next day! I don't want to be having to buy a new bag of it before I see any eggs.

Is there such a thing as over eating for oyster shells? And should I not be feeding it to them until they are laying?
post #2 of 16

It's obvious your chickens know they need the calcium,just stop feeding them Oyster shell till they begin showing signs of ready to lay.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #3 of 16

Are you giving them any Grit??

They may be eating the oyster shells due to not having any grit. If this is the case, replace the oyster shells with grit.

Then add the shell back, along with the grit when they start laying.

post #4 of 16

I agree with @dindonuffin, take out the oyster shells and give them grit if you aren't already. After they start laying offer the oyster shells again. That reminds me, I ran out of oyster shells this weekend and need to get some more. LOL

My girls names are: Celestia, Nightmare Moon, Torchic and we lost Alucard. That's right they are from My Little Pony, Pokeman, and Hellsing.
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My girls names are: Celestia, Nightmare Moon, Torchic and we lost Alucard. That's right they are from My Little Pony, Pokeman, and Hellsing.
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post #5 of 16

They know oyster shell from grit.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by TheTwoRoos View Post
 

They know oyster shell from grit.

 

Yes but if oyster shell is the only thing being offered that is what they will eat. I didn't know there was a difference when I first got my chickens either. I heard people talking about oyster shell and grit and thought it was the same thing.

My girls names are: Celestia, Nightmare Moon, Torchic and we lost Alucard. That's right they are from My Little Pony, Pokeman, and Hellsing.
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My girls names are: Celestia, Nightmare Moon, Torchic and we lost Alucard. That's right they are from My Little Pony, Pokeman, and Hellsing.
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post #7 of 16
I keep the oyster shell in a pan that hangs on the fence in the run. It is away from the food, so if a birds wants oyster shell they have to go there to get it.

I don't keep the oyster shell near the food, my pullets aren't laying and I don't want them getting confused by seeing the oyster shell.

All the layers know where it is, they use it often. The pullets know where it is, I've seen them sample it a time or two.

They will get a craving for the oyster shell when they are laying heavy...mostly they pick at it a couple times per week.

"Experince is the teacher of all things." Julius Ceaser

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest" Mark Twain

 

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"Experince is the teacher of all things." Julius Ceaser

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest" Mark Twain

 

My Coop Project

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/656727/coop-project-maken-the-plunge-getting-chickens

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post #8 of 16

yes,but they have feed. Offering grit may not solve the problem,give it a TRY and se what happens.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #9 of 16
My birds have granite grit in chick and regular size , oyster shell free choice. I have each in it's own feeder and they are right next to each other. The chicks get the chick sized grit sprinkled over feed until they go out on grass when they get it free choice. When pullets get close to lay they start eating more oyster shell. Mine free range, so have access all the time. If penned, I don't think I would put oyster shell out until they are laying.
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Safehaven Farm, Dandridge, TN, USA
Home sweet home to David & Donna Raybon, George the LGD, Jersey cattle, ADGA Nubian dairy goats, Ameracaunas, American & English Buff Orpingtons, French Black (&Blue) Copper Marans, Barred Rock, Austrolorp poultry and one bossy BB Red Bantam house rooster named Poppy
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post #10 of 16
My birds pickup grit as they forage in the yard. There is one area along the fence where the contractor dumped a bunch of pea-gravel when they built our house, that is where the flock goes to get grit.

"Experince is the teacher of all things." Julius Ceaser

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest" Mark Twain

 

My Coop Project

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/656727/coop-project-maken-the-plunge-getting-chickens

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"Experince is the teacher of all things." Julius Ceaser

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest" Mark Twain

 

My Coop Project

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/656727/coop-project-maken-the-plunge-getting-chickens

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