Can free choice oyster shell hurt?

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

  1. Ken3

    Ken3 Out Of The Brooder

    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 -

  2. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

  4. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

    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.
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Can free choice oyster shell hurt?

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

    momofpets Out Of The Brooder

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

  7. remuda1

    remuda1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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


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