Chickens wont eat oyster shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jprice2ndlt, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2009
    Hodges, S.C.
    Is there any other kind of feed i can feed them to help with their calicum since they wont eat the crushed shell?
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Give them "layer feed". I crush up the eggshells and put them back into the feed to insure they're getting enough calcium.
  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    I give my hens layer feed and that seems to have enough calcium in it for them. My shells are hard to break sometimes. My chickens weren't a fan of the oyster shells either. But all seems fine without them.
  4. SweetMissDaisy

    SweetMissDaisy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You can also add the shell directly to their food. The fine dust of the shell will get on the food and they'll eat more of it than you think.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2009
  5. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    don't like the oyster shells either. I buy grit that has the added calcium as well as feeding a layer ration. I mix the grit in with the feed.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Hens are very good about regulating their calcium intake. If your layer feed has calcium in it and they aren't taking the oyster shell, it could very well be that they are getting enough calcium without the oyster shell.
  7. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    you need to give them 3-5 times a week
    2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar per gallon of water
    so their bodies will use the calcium and Vit D

    also stir the oyster shell up
    chickens are pucky when it comes to oyster shell
    I always stired it every otherday and they would then peck at it
    every month I would throw the oyster shell out on the ground and they would go there and scratch thru it

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