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calcium pellets vs. oyster shell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by coopsgirl, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. coopsgirl

    coopsgirl In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2008
    just wondering... i wanted to give the girls oyster shell... trying to keep them from eating eggs.... (read somewhere that might be happening becasue they are looking for calcium) but they were allotu at grain store, they did have calcium chips... says right on bag for hardening shells etc....

    has anyone used these.... want to make sure i am doing the right hting here.......

    also how much should i feed them?
  2. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    Does it say on the bag what the source of the calcium is?
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 20, 2007
    I'm not familiar with the calcium chips.

    Keep in mind that you can rinse, dry and smash your egg shells, for added calcium in their diet.

    Older hens require more calcium than younger pullets. The constant laying of eggs over time causes stress and requires the hens to desire more calcium than the young pullets do.

    Providing free choice in a seperate feeder works best. If your flock is young, then maybe you can wait and purchase what's best when available? Most pullets don't consume alot of oyster shells etc...but will with age.


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