Aragonite for calcium?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by karmical, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. karmical

    karmical Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heya out there [​IMG]
    Two things I'm curious about:

    Was just talking to someone who raises chickens about 'nutrition':

    First thing is that he said that offering aragonite is better than oyster shell for calcium...that it's more easily absorbed. Anybody out there using / know about aragonite as a source of calcium?

    Second: He thought calcium deficiency might be an element to feather picking/eating...which I hadn't heard before....

    Wondering what y'all think....

    Thanks!
     
  2. SunsetChickens

    SunsetChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:This thread suggests that protein deficiency might factor into feather-picking. I found the PDF in Yogiman's post to be helpful.

    As for the aragonite .... uh, anyone else? Never heard of the stuff.
     
  3. karmical

    karmical Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Sunset [​IMG]

    I was on that thread myself! Got a lot out of Yogiman's info...still curious though if anyone ever heard that calcium plays a part in feather picking / eating...
     
  4. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dry my girls' eggs and grrind them in a coffee grinder till they are very fine then feed them back.
    My eggs' shells are as hard as rocks.

    Cost $0

    feeding my girls pure unadulterated calcium
    Priceless!

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  5. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used it for my breeding parrots. I just put it into a seperate bowl and let them have at it free feed.I also added a little vit D to it. I don't think I'd add D to it for chickens though.
     
  6. lindsayt44

    lindsayt44 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, I never thought about grinding the egg shells and feeding them back to the chickens. Do you clean the outisde of them off before grinding them?

    One of my chickens has laid 2 deformed eggs and 1 shelless egg. I'm trying to figure out what to do.
     
  7. GrFChickens

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    I do know that aragonite is more easily absorbed because it's already been through the sea creature's digestion . . . vs. limestone that hasn't been broken down this way.
     

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