Calcium?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rockymom, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. rockymom

    rockymom Chirping

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    I know everyone says to offer oyster shells to your chickens to make sure they get enough calcium (and avoid soft-shell eggs), but my hens will not touch it. I think it might be because the pieces are too big, so I tried to crush them, but they are pretty indestructible, so that's not working. I bought them at TSC and don't see any finer option there. They are getting free-choice organic feed, and I have been doing the bake and crush egg shells to feed back to them, as well as plain Greek yogurt.
    Then I thought I would augment the yogurt with powdered calcium carbonate, but now I'm not sure that's the right form of calcium. Is calcium citrate better? I read one person's mention of crushing cuttle bone (for birds) because it is very high in calcium citrate. Any advice?
     
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  2. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie Gallus gallus domesticus

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    This what I do. Not saying do as I do at all.
    We never have soft/brittle shells.
    Our feed:
    Manna Pro Egg Maker Pellets.
    Distillers grains(fresh or fermented)
    Small amount of eggshell/oyster shell broadcasted on the Distiller's grains.
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    Broadcast the calcium supplement. They will find it.
     
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Welcome! What are you feeding, and how old, and what breeds, are your birds? If they are getting enough Ca in their diet, they won't eat the oyster shell, or eat very little of it. That's fine, they eat what they need. Adding extra Ca in a forced way will unbalance their diet, and not improve anything. Egg shells are okay to add to their oyster shell feeder in moderation.
    How are their egg shells?
    Mary
     
  4. rockymom

    rockymom Chirping

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  5. rockymom

    rockymom Chirping

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    Thanks for your reply...I'm feeding 1/2 Purina crumbles and 1/2 Scratch and Peck - both organic. The girls are 1 1/2 years old and are Blue Gem/Blue Sapphire. I have had a couple of instances of soft shell, so I'm trying to avoid that. I know that the feed should be providing all the calcium they need, but I have had that problem, and as I say, they won't touch the oyster shell from TSC. When I had hens in Oregon, they did eat it (I'm in Texas now), so am puzzled.
     
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  6. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Addict

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    Not all oyster shell is created equal.

    Look for the Pacific pearl brand. It actually looks like crushed shells not drywall crumble.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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  7. rockymom

    rockymom Chirping

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    Wow! Thanks so much for that suggestion....I'll look for that brand. That stuff is literally hard as rock.
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    That's what I use!
     
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