Besides oyster shell what else can I supplement?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ThinkingChickens, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my girls, not sure which, has laid two shell less eggs this week. Now, it's probably the heat, but nonetheless, what can I feed to help with thicker shells. They aren't really eating the oyster shell so what is another option?
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Are they on layer food? If so, they really should get most, if not all, of the calcium they need. Mine don't eat the oyster shell either, but they love crushed up egg shells. When I have mixed ages and feed flock raiser, I offer egg shells to supplement the layer's calcium. Once they are all of age and I can switch back to layer feed, I've noticed the consumption of egg shell goes way down, since the layer feed contains enough for them.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Here are some other sources of calcium. If they are young it might just be temporary.

    1. Spinach & Swiss Chard
    2. Salmon & Sardines (canned with bones)
    3. Mustard, Collard, Kale & Turnip greens
    4. Shellfish
    5. Blackstrap molasses (can cause runny stools)
    6. Corn Tortillas
    7. Yogurt
    8. Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese
    9. Milk, Buttermilk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
    10. Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
    11. Romaine lettuce
    12. Rhubarb
    13. Almonds, Peanuts & Brazil Nuts
    14. Black Beans, Dried Beans (Cooked)
    15. Sesame seeds
    16. Fennel
    17. Cabbage, Bok Choy, & Chinese cabbage
    18. Summer squash
    19. Green beans
    20. Garlic
    21. Tofu & Soybeans
    22. Brussel sprouts & Broccoli
    23. Oranges (Some people do not feed citrus to chickens)
    24. Asparagus & Okra
    25. Crimini mushrooms
    26. Foods Fortified with Calcium: Some Orange Juice, Breads, & Cereals

    and some info:

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publi...ndbook/16/thinshelled-eggs-and-shellless-eggs

    good luck

    Imp
     
  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Imp! No, they are on grower as they are integrated with 10 week olds and I was told that I had to switch them all to grower until the youngins were older. That probably is when the trouble started! I'll get some other items on the list and hopefully that will help. I'm trying to give them some more free ranging time too to help them stay cool.
     

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