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I am very allergic to oysters and was wondering if there is a substitute for oyster shell besides egg shells.  Thanks!

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The credit for this goes to BYC member, Imp:

Here are some good sources of calcium:

1.Spinach
2.Turnip greens
3.Mustard greens
4.Collard greens
5.Blackstrap molasses
6.Swiss chard
7.Yogurt
8.Kale
9.Mozzarella cheese
10.Milk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
11.Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
12.Romaine lettuce
13.Rhubarb
14.
15.Broccoli
16.Sesame seeds
17.Fennel
18.Cabbage
19.Summer squash
20.Green beans
21.Garlic
22.Tofu
23.Brussel sprouts
24.Oranges
25.Asparagus
26.Crimini mushrooms

Be aware that molasses can cause diarrhea in chickens, garlic can flavor eggs, and some people do not feed their chickens oranges.

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Awesome Thank You!

Christine~ Happily Married Montana Ranch Girl with 3 Kids,2 dogs,2 1/2 cats,2 horses,3 goats,4 ducks,lots of chickens and many cows.   www.hermityfarmer-women.blogspot.com
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I think someone has posted something about a manufactured calcium supplement for chickens, but, unfortunately I don't know what it is or what the source of that calcium is. hu

Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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post #5 of 8

High grade limestone is a suitable substitute. It is commonly used for industrial layer hens rather than oyster shell.

The oyster shells packaged for sale to the poultry industry are (or were, a few years ago) derived from beds of fossilized oyster shells off the coast of the Carolinas and Georgis. They dredge them up at sea rather than collecting them from fish markets on the Cheapeake Bay or where ever.  I doubt that there is anything left in those fossilz that would cause you concern. Certainly not after it had gone thru a hen.

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Originally Posted by CCourson05 

The credit for this goes to BYC member, Imp:

Here are some good sources of calcium:

1.Spinach
2.Turnip greens
3.Mustard greens
4.Collard greens
5.Blackstrap molasses
6.Swiss chard
7.Yogurt
8.Kale
9.Mozzarella cheese
10.Milk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
11.Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
12.Romaine lettuce
13.Rhubarb
14.
15.Broccoli
16.Sesame seeds
17.Fennel
18.Cabbage
19.Summer squash
20.Green beans
21.Garlic
22.Tofu
23.Brussel sprouts
24.Oranges
25.Asparagus
26.Crimini mushrooms

Be aware that molasses can cause diarrhea in chickens, garlic can flavor eggs, and some people do not feed their chickens oranges.


Great list!  Thank you.  smile

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Originally Posted by Katydid2011 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CCourson05 

The credit for this goes to BYC member, Imp:

Here are some good sources of calcium:

1.Spinach
2.Turnip greens
3.Mustard greens
4.Collard greens
5.Blackstrap molasses
6.Swiss chard
7.Yogurt
8.Kale
9.Mozzarella cheese
10.Milk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
11.Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
12.Romaine lettuce
13.Rhubarb
14.
15.Broccoli
16.Sesame seeds
17.Fennel
18.Cabbage
19.Summer squash
20.Green beans
21.Garlic
22.Tofu
23.Brussel sprouts
24.Oranges
25.Asparagus
26.Crimini mushrooms

Be aware that molasses can cause diarrhea in chickens, garlic can flavor eggs, and some people do not feed their chickens oranges.


Great list!  Thank you.  smile


I'm thrilled to see this list because my young chickens go NUTS over spinach. I feed it to them every day, along with their normal ration. I have been planning to buy some oyster as my pullets will be of laying age in another month...but for now I prefer giving them spinach. They also eat mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens and kale but they don't go crazy for anything the way they do for fresh spinach leaves.

Chicken mama to an evergrowing flock: 2 EE, 2 Silkie, 2 bantam cochin, 1 red star, 4 WCB Polish juveniles, 5 blue/splash maran juveniles, 3 wheaton maran chicks, 1 Rouen duck who thinks she's a chicken
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Chicken mama to an evergrowing flock: 2 EE, 2 Silkie, 2 bantam cochin, 1 red star, 4 WCB Polish juveniles, 5 blue/splash maran juveniles, 3 wheaton maran chicks, 1 Rouen duck who thinks she's a chicken
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post #8 of 8

Great list! Mine get collard greens because they are often in the sale bin at local groc store; got spinach too! I just toss it around their run and they stay busy pecking the leaves into bite size pieces!

 

 

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