Calcium

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by substandardtim, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. substandardtim

    substandardtim Out Of The Brooder

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    I read in the FAQ section of this website that crushed oyster shells can be good for supplementing a bird's calcium in cases of softshelled eggs.

    Wouldn't it just be easier to give them some milk?
     
  2. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Filling a small feeder once a month and not having to worry about spoiled milk seems a lot easier to me.

    It's cheaper, too... A few bucks for fifty pounds of crushed shells.
     
  3. substandardtim

    substandardtim Out Of The Brooder

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    hmm, where does one get oyster shells?
     
  4. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
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    I get mine at my feed store. I just asked for it.
     
  5. substandardtim

    substandardtim Out Of The Brooder

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    i'll have to check with my feed store. thanks for the info guys.
     
  6. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
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    not that much calcium in milk actually brocholi would be better...plus chickens are lactose intollerant...at least I think that is what was decided last time...
     
  7. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oyster shells are at TCS or anywhere they sell chicken feed. Many people also crush eggshells & feed.
     
  8. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    Nope, not intolerant... They can have sour cream, and yogurt without consequence...
     
  9. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Are you sure about that (lactose intolerant)? Anyone else know this to be true? My chickens love and eat cheese all the time and dont seem to have any problems.
     
  10. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    but ripened cheeses like Cheddar contain only about 5% of the lactose found in whole milk, and aged cheeses contain almost none.[

    this came from wikipedia
     

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