Chick feed for hens??

Chicken run123

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So we got three chicks and we were also going to get some ducklings but we didn’t get the ducks. We are now going to have extra chick feed. How and should we give our hens the chick feed?
 

NatJ

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And what if you are too cheap to buy Oyster

Maybe save the shells from every egg you eat, from now until the chickens start laying, and put that out for them.

Each laying hen needs to eat the shells from several eggs each day in order to get enough calcium to lay one egg. (Because their bodies can't recover all the calcium from the shells they eat.)

When hens lay eggs, chick starter is just fine EXCEPT that they need a lot more calcium than it has. Oyster shell is a cheap, readily available source of calcium, which is why it is commonly used.
 

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