Originally Posted by Fancychooklady Hi Teila, calcium carbonate is readily available on line , but should only be offered ' free take ' . At this time of the year , when those that aren't broody are moulting , I add livamol to the feed. It can also be offered ' free take ' . It has a strong smell of molasses , contains all of the essential vitamins and minerals and the birds seem to like it.
( pic of Livamol )
It also contains 4-6 % calcium.
Having a few troubles in posting here today - shockwave flash keeps crashing.
- I don't buy anything on line ever, and am wondering in what form the calcium carbonate is offered. Is it pellet form ? I cannot imagine a fine powder could be offered as 'free take' .... besides which, knowing madam Mindy Araucana, she wouldn't touch it. She has NEVER gone near the oyster shell grit stuff. She is a bit fussy about food. !!
Loves her layer pellets and rice mix, and leaves shell bits when eating scratch mix. ( she's weird ).
The advice I had about the ordinary calcium powder, was from a lady who raises chickens - and horses. !! She has been in stock and produce business for years. Didn't do any harm to Mindy, but being in fine powder form, I had to mix it in with her food bowl of my rice mix plus goodies. Had no other choice. I did think the 1 dessertspoon twice a week was a bit much, so I made sure it was very flattened across the spoon, and a smallish sized 'dessertspoon' at that !!
Now I am looking to ask a couple of friends who have horses, if they would like some calcium for them. It was a sizeable bag of the stuff - 1 kg.
Sad to hear of your baby chick losses. But good to know that your hen has taken to loving one little chick. Also bad news about having to retire Jack, but with a couple of other good horses coming up, there is every chance your daughter will have plenty to look forward to. Meantime gentle lopes around the paddocks under saddle will help Jack think he is still useful. Congrats on your mare's blue ribbon. Great news.
Edited by Anniebee - 1/26/16 at 8:37pm