Calcium sources for Layers ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by zekii, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. zekii

    zekii Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    I know that oyster shell is a good source, but what are some other good sources of Calcium to feed layers ?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    You can wash, dry and crush their own eggshells and feed them back to them.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I recently bought a 50# bag of calcium for my girls. I have always used oyster shells. My feed store got this in and it said on the bag for poultry so I'm trying it as they were out of oyster shells. Not sure what it is made up of and I took it out of the bag and put it in buckets with lids.
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Here are some good food sources:

    1. Spinach & Swiss Chard
    2. Salmon & Sardines (canned with bones)
    3. Mustard, Collard, Kale & Turnip greens
    4. Shellfish
    5. Blackstrap molasses (can cause runny stools)
    6. Corn Tortillas
    7. Yogurt
    8. Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese
    9. Milk, Buttermilk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
    10. Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
    11. Romaine lettuce
    12. Rhubarb
    13. Almonds, Peanuts & Brazil Nuts
    14. Black Beans, Dried Beans (Cooked)
    15. Sesame seeds
    16. Fennel
    17. Cabbage, Bok Choy, & Chinese cabbage
    18. Summer squash
    19. Green beans
    20. Garlic
    21. Tofu & Soybeans
    22. Brussel sprouts & Broccoli
    23. Oranges (Some people do not feed citrus to chickens)
    24. Asparagus & Okra
    25. Crimini mushrooms
    26. Foods Fortified with Calcium: Some Orange Juice, Breads, & Cereals

  5. zekii

    zekii Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    How about limestone, a crystalline form of calcium carbonate ?
  6. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    I always grind up their shells so they barely resemble shells (so they don't get any egg eating ideas) and it works great. I leave it in a seperate container that they can freely eat from. If you can grow alfalfa, it helps them retain a lot more calcium.
  7. OwensMom

    OwensMom Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    CO Western Slope
    If you are going to feed egg shells, bake them in the oven first then crumble them. Yogurt is a good scource of calcium. Homemade is so easy. If you make your own add some nonfat dry milk to the milk before the culture is added. Boosts the calcium

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