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hi i have been reading lots about eggs and calcium carbonate i read on one forum about crushing up antiacid tablets in their food!! i have managed to source a food grade calcium carbonate in a power form my question is is it safe to feed them powered calcium carbonate and if so how much?  Or does the antiacid tablets crushed in the food seam a good idea? could i add the calcium carbonate to their water maybe any advice on this subject would be great!!

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What's wrong with a bag of ground oyster shell from the feed store?

Antacid tablets sound ridiculous to me.  Save your egg shells, dry them, crush them and feed them back to your birds.

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A.T. Hagan :

What's wrong with a bag of ground oyster shell from the feed store?

Antacid tablets sound ridiculous to me.  Save your egg shells, dry them, crush them and feed them back to your birds.


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A.T. Hagan :

What's wrong with a bag of ground oyster shell from the feed store?

Antacid tablets sound ridiculous to me.  Save your egg shells, dry them, crush them and feed them back to your birds.


welcome-byc 

X3  Amen!  Oyster Shell would probably be MUCH cheaper and more natural for them!  ETA:  And your eggshells are FREE...love FREE!


Edited by Boo-Boo's Mama - 12/1/10 at 12:39pm
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post #5 of 8

Go with oyster shell

we now have a yard full of critters

2 mini donkeys, 2 fainting goats, 3 peacocks 3 royal palm turkeys, 3 silkies, 5 barres rocks, 2 rhodies, 1 leghord, 2 marans, 5 eastereggers, 8 cats, 2 dogs. I think that is everyone

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we now have a yard full of critters

2 mini donkeys, 2 fainting goats, 3 peacocks 3 royal palm turkeys, 3 silkies, 5 barres rocks, 2 rhodies, 1 leghord, 2 marans, 5 eastereggers, 8 cats, 2 dogs. I think that is everyone

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I sometimes feed pureed eggs (shell and all, scrambled)  to my chickens.

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I just got a bag of this in place of oyster shells the feed store was out of. Dh went out and got the feed that day and the guy at the feed store said its just like oyster shells. My birds don't seem to like it at all. the stuff I got isn't powder its in chunks.

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Seramas, Cochins, EE's, 1 Japanese hen, few frizzles & Too many roosters and a ton of babies cruising the yard. Home of the ninja squirrel.
I am Rachel but you can call me the ccl (crazy chicken lady)
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I don't know how chickens digestion works, but the reason they add calcium to antacid is because absorbtion of calcium is greatly reduced. It would be best to add the calcium to their food instead of their water. If you add to their water, you take away their ability to self-regulate. At the same time, you will get deposits in your waterer. That said, you shouldn't need much if you are feeding a commercial layer ration.

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