Calcium: is layena enough?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jjdward, May 15, 2009.

  1. jjdward

    jjdward How bout them DAWGS!

    May 4, 2009
    Buchanan, Georgia
    I was told by lady at the feed store I go to that my chickens don't really need OS that the Layena would give them all the calicum they needed. The reason I bring this up is because I have gotten a few shell free eggs. My chickens are just starting to lay( 20 weeks old) and I have heard that this is pretty normal. I don't feed them OS gight now but do you think I should? [​IMG]
  2. spottedtail

    spottedtail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2007
    The lady may be right, but I always have free-choice shell avaible.

    Why should us humans guess whether hens need more calcium or not?
    I say let the hens decide. They know their requirements best.

    Soft shells are common at commencement of laying.

    Last edited: May 15, 2009
  3. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    I don't offer extra OS. I only considered it in the winter when they were locked in the coop for more than a few days. My feed store person said the same thing, that I didn't need more calcium with Layena. Mine also free range, so can eat anything that makes them happy. The diet I offer: Layena, whatever bugs and weeds they scrounge, and occasional scratch, corn, cabbage, fruit for treats/fun/getting them back in the coop when it's not their idea. Oh, and plenty of water.

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