Calcium-rich foods besides oyster shell and eggshells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by banananutmuffin, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. banananutmuffin

    banananutmuffin Out Of The Brooder

    Two of my chickens are laying soft-shelled eggs. I've heard that upping calcium can help. I've tried giving them a bowl of oyster shell, mixing oyster shell in their feed, and scattering oyster shell in their run. No dice. They just turn their beaks up at it. I know I could grind up eggshells and add to their feed, but I was hoping for other options.

    So far I've been tossing in cubes of cheese. Any other ideas?
     
  2. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is your primary feed?
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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  4. Penguino

    Penguino Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive heard give them milk, cottage cheese, and yogurt. true?
     
  5. nizar

    nizar Out Of The Brooder

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    Black eye peas, almond
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  6. wrldlygrrl

    wrldlygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nuts and yogurt is my trick. I also add egg shells to that.
     
  7. banananutmuffin

    banananutmuffin Out Of The Brooder

    Primary feed is the TSC brand layer rations.

    May try yogurt... seems I always have some almost ready to expire in fridge.
     
  8. 4H Amy

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    I buy liquid calcium from the Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, whatever pharmacy is near you and I add it to their water a couple of times per week. I buy the berry flavor and they seem to like it.
    I have also heard that giving them a really fatty piece of meat to peck at helps with the eggs and laying for the hen.
     
  9. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can grind it and put it in a bowl of rice something they will devour

    Steve
     
  10. Sherlock Watson

    Sherlock Watson Out Of The Brooder

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    Most dairy products (Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Sour Cream. Mine especially prefer the yogurt.) If you'd prefer greens, try kale, broccoli, water cress, or bok choy.
    Almonds and sardines help too, although the sardines will make the eggs taste fishy.
     

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