1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Can free choice oyster shell hurt?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ken3, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Ken3

    Ken3 In the Brooder

    12
    0
    22
    May 20, 2011
    Folks -

    I have 4 Orpingtons and 2 Brahmas that I got this spring, and 1 of the brahmas is starting to lay. She's only laying very small eggs, about every other day. I wanted to get her some extra calcium, but figured that switching all of them to layer feed (from the grower feed, I use the TSC house brand) might give the others too much calcium. I saw in a number of threads here the recommendation to give some free choice oyster shell, so I got some and put it out today in an extra feeder. And, of course, all of the chickens went right over and started eating it. So - can it hurt if they aren't laying yet? Any other ideas for what to feed when only 1 of our 6 girls is laying? Thanks -

    Ken
     

  2. KDK1

    KDK1 Songster

    817
    33
    144
    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    At first they all will eat some but not to worry, they're just checking it out. The ones that are not laying will cease to eat it until needed.
     
  3. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

    4,819
    1,868
    386
    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    Mine downed a bunch of it when I first offered it as it was something new and exciting to try. Now they only take what they need.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    5,545
    235
    288
    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Can free choice oyster shell hurt?

    Yes, if you drop a big bag on your toe​
     
  5. momofpets

    momofpets In the Brooder

    50
    0
    29
    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:Yes, if you drop a big bag on your toe

    [​IMG]
     
  6. remuda1

    remuda1 Songster

    471
    3
    101
    Jun 12, 2011
    Granbury, Texas
    Quote:Yes, if you drop a big bag on your toe

    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by