Adding to feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Danny D, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Danny D

    Danny D Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 1, 2011
    Folsom, LA
    Does anybody know if it is benificial to put grit and oyster shells in the feed everytime they feed? I have heard that the grit helps with digestion and the oyster shells help harden the eggshell.
  2. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    I don't add it to the feed. Both are available free choice in the coop.
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    If your birds free range, they don't need grit. If you feed a quality feed product, you won't need oyster shell. The only thing I add to the Purina flock raiser or Layena is BOSS, scratch grain and whole kernel corn.
  4. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    Quote:+1. Chickens will naturally self-select the amount of both they need. Mixing either into the feed can end up forcing them to consume too much.

    From another thread:

    Quote:edited to add: the article linked at the end is good reading for anyone who's letting their chickens forage at all.


    According to Gail Damerow, author of Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, "I agree that a calcium source should not be mixed with other food to force or encourage hens to eat it. Calcium should be offered separately, free choice, so hens can take as much or as little (or none) as they want/need.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011

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