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Almost ready for layer feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by montverdechick, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. montverdechick

    montverdechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are 16 weeks old now. Can't believe how time has flown. Anyway, just wondering when to start giving them crushed oyster shell? Do I give it as grit or mix it in the food? How much? Thanks all!!
     
  2. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    You should provide Oyster Shell free-choice (all the time) once they begin laying. Dont worry about measuring it. They will eat what they need when they need it. [​IMG] No need to mix it in the food, just provide a seperate dish of it thats available at all times. [​IMG]
     
  3. Jimagination

    Jimagination Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about my chicks that are 5 weeks younger? SHould I worry about them getting to it?
     
  4. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't want pullets to have oyster shell. There's a reason, I think they get too much calcium too early, but I'm not positive on that. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. I just know that only laying hens need the added calcium oyster shell provides. If pullets get a little of it, I wouldn't worry, but if they have free choice, you could have problems.
     
  5. Jimagination

    Jimagination Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have any ideas on how I could give it to my older hens and not my younger ones and what about my rooster?
     

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