Calcium bicarbonate

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ihavechicks, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. ihavechicks

    ihavechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband bought a bag of calcium bicarbonate instead of crushed oyster shell. Our co-op sold it to him. Is this ok to give my chickens instead of crushed oyster shell? It is a powdery substance. Will it do the same thing as the shell?
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Calcium carbonate, yes. Bicarbonate no. Calcium carbonate is what oyster shells and egg shells are made of.
     
  3. ihavechicks

    ihavechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I kinda thought so but it is powdery. Will it still do what the chunky oyster shell does?
     
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    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely. That's what feed mills add to their rations to increase the Ca. If they can't pick it up because it's too powdery, you can add a little water and make a paste out of it or mix it with some oatmeal for a breakfast treat.
     

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