Chicken's Won't Eat Oyster Shell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PreChickenLady, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. PreChickenLady

    PreChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2015
    I currently have 6 pulleys, three of which are laying. I am still feeding grower feed and supplementing with egg shells and oyster shell since not all of my girls are laying yet. I started offering egg shells as a calcium source and my girls ate it up. I ran out one weekend and didn't have any to bake so I bought oyster shell and offered that but my girls won't touch it! Anyone else have this happen to them?
  2. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    They really eat such amounts that you wont be able to tell at first... I just throw out for them everyonce in awhile... They should be fine.
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hi there PreChickenLady

    As I have read to not mix the oyster shell in with their food, I keep a small container of it topped up in the coop.

    I agree with lindalouly that they do not eat a large amount of it and they have a way of knowing if and when they need it. Having it separate, in the coop, means that it is always available if they need it.

    I find that those who are laying usually just have a few pecks at it before going up to roost for the evening. Those who are not laying, due to broody or moulting, just ignore it.

    It is actually a good way for me to tell when someone is going back to laying as after weeks of not touching the shell, she takes a few pecks at it at bed time.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If they just started laying they won't need it right away as they are drawing calcium from their bones, they'll get it if they need it.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Void where prohibited.
    About every three or four days I'll add some powdered eggshell to the feed. I serve their feed wet so they don't waste it, and they have no idea what they're eating.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I agree with this. New layers are fully topped off with calcium, so they don't really need the extra right away. And when they do start, they often eat so little it's hard to tell they're getting any at all.
  7. PreChickenLady

    PreChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2015
    The eggs that I am getting have decent shell hardness so I know they are getting enough calcium from somewhere. I added egg shells to the oyster shells (I have it in a separate container so they can eat it at will) and the chickens ate the egg shells all up. I guess I have picky eaters.
  8. PreChickenLady

    PreChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2015
    My first one started laying on Christmas Day and two others followed about a week later.

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