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Calcium for Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GrFChickens, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. GrFChickens

    GrFChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2015
    Do baby chicks need oyster shell? Where does their calcium come from if I'm not feeding a pre-made feed and don't feel comfortable giving egg shells yet? One source I read said to sprinkle oyster shell across the brooder floor once a week or so to encourage foraging. It's certainly less expensive than aragonite. Any tips??
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    What *are* you feeding them? Knowing what you are giving them will help to determine the calcium content of the diet they have and whether any additional calcium would be needed.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    In a free range situation, their calcium would be coming from greens and insects. Agree with OGM we need to know what you're feeding them now to make a good assessment.

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