Calcium Treats

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by chickenlover909, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. chickenlover909

    chickenlover909 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, I am doing a poster board on Calcium For Hens, and I wanted to put a treat recipe on it. I was wondering if anyone has a recipe that their chickens absolutely adore that contains calcium in it.
     
  2. Bloveschickens

    Bloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Broccoli, cabbage and Kale are all a good source of calcium, and most people feed crushed oyster shells or crushed egg shells as a calcium supplement.
     
  3. chickenlover909

    chickenlover909 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh thanks! What is the best way to feed the vegetables to hens?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    they need to be diced
     
  5. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    Cabbage can be hung on a string too, it provides entertainment for the chickens. Although, not in freezing weather, then they ignore it.
     
  6. chickenlover909

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    Oh sounds like fun for my hens!
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Leafy things like kale, collards, etc. can be given whole since they can pull off pieces but keeping in mind that chickens don't have teeth or hands, hard things like broccoli stalks or carrots need to be diced to sizes that can be swallowed and make it down the esophagus.
    Put a whole carrot out and they'll ignore it. Dice it and they'll eat it all.
    Here's a list of high calcium vegetables.
    http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/12-vegetables-high-in-calcium.html

    Is your aim to do away with layer feed?
     
  8. chickenlover909

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    No, I'm doing a tri-fold about why hens need calcium and I was thinking of putting a recipe using calcium rich products.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Well good luck. I'd like to see it when it's done.
    I recommend emphasizing that it's only important whey they're actively building egg shells and can be overdone. A hen not in production actually has quite low Ca requirements.
    Excess calcium can cause renal failure. They exhibit no symptoms, they just die.

    http://www.nutrecocanada.com/docs/s...-formation-and-eggshell-quality-in-layers.pdf

    http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/li...eggs-and-your-small-flock-of-laying-hens.html

    http://nhjy.hzau.edu.cn/kech/synkx/dong/2bao/UrolithiasisChina.pdf

    http://ps.oxfordjournals.org/content/64/12/2300.abstract
     
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  10. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have any idea if anything is visibly different in the kidneys during an necropsy if renal failure due to excess calcium was the cause? I don't think this has ever been our issue, because we haven't fed layer feed in a very long time, but I am curious nonetheless.
     

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