10 week old chicks eating all the oyster shells

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dolivo, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. Dolivo

    Dolivo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few weeks ago I have integrated my young chicks, 10 weeks old, with my hens and everything is great. Except my 10 week old chicks eat up the oyster shells. Is this normal? I thought they had no use for oyster shells (extra calcium) until they started laying. I feed them grower crumbles.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Might just be a new thing and they are gorging on it.
    Do they have access to the ground?
    Do they free range?
    I wonder if they are craving digestive grit, and that's all that is available
    My birds have some access to the ground, but I still provide granite girt for all ages.
    The proper sized grit is important for developing the gizzard.
    http://www.jupefeeds-sa.com/documents/GraniteGrit.pdf
     
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  3. Dolivo

    Dolivo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they have access to outside and natural grit. They don't go out as much as the older hens. I will try putting some grit inside and see if they use that instead of the oyster shells.
     
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If possible try putting the oyster shell container (whatever you're using) up a little higher so the little ones have a harder time reaching it. I know they can probably figure out ways to hop up to get at it, but that just makes it a little bit harder for them.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Make sure it's the smaller size...or a mixture of sizes.
    Got a big bag of the stuff and sifted some out for chicks.

    Great Idea!
    Also the big birds could probably go without for a day or two.
     
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  6. Chic Rustler

    Chic Rustler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do it too. I just started throwing grit on top of the chick food and they stopped messing with the oyster shells
     
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  7. Dolivo

    Dolivo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! I put out a bowl of chick grit for them. Hopefully this solves the issue!
     

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