Crushed oyster shells - how to feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ssteiner, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. ssteiner

    ssteiner Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Orange, CA
    So my girls aren't at laying age yet, but in anticipation, I bought a 5 pound bag of crushed oyster shells - then it occurred to me, how do I give it to them? Mix it up in their food? How much? Thanks....

  2. Big Red's Mom

    Big Red's Mom Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    Terry, Mississippi
    After my hens started to lay I would just put in on the ground with scratch. My uncle also says you can give them a little cat food. Just a handful or so each day. It is very high in protein. I use it in the winter. I buy the more natural kind. No added coloring. etc... They love it and We get great eggs. no weak shells.

    Good luck I know you can't wait to get eggs.[​IMG]
  3. andehens

    andehens Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Scenic Sierra Nevadas
    I put the oyster shells in a seperate feed dish and let them eat the oyster shell as they choose. I usually have to refill the dish every week, I was kind of surprised, I didn't expect them to eat it at all!
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  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    You can feed the oyster shells to them in a separate feeder, or mix it in with their regular feed.
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I put it in a supplement dish. They don't seem to eat a whole lot of it, but the limestone around here may be high in calcium and giving them some when they scratch around in the dirt.
  6. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    If you mix things in their food for one they are likely to dump it out on the ground to pick through it and two unless you know exactly how much to mix they may get more or less than they need. Chickens know what they need to eat and will pick their food accordingly. I set my feeder on one of those black pans for rabbit cages and then scatter grit, oyster shell, and treats around it. That way it stays somewhat confined but they can scratch and pick through it. Also catches any spilled feed and they pick it out of the mixture on the pan.
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  7. ausamerican33

    ausamerican33 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    Wendell, NC
    I had been mixing mine in with the feed - it's hard to find a place in the coop they don't poop on. But putting the black feeding thing (I use one for our goats) is a great idea. My food hangs, so I could position the pan under it, with oyster and grit. I think I'm going to run out to the coop and do it right now!!
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  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    I use a hanging bird feeder (like this one, but slimmer) for feeding the girls oyster shell/crushed egg shells. It's worked great as it's too small for them to roost on and the small roof keeps water out of the tray area (better than I expected).

  9. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    I just throw some out in the yard every so often. Once I notice it is gone, I add some more. They mainly eat layer pellets, a little scratch and lots of bugs, so I throw some out with the scratch a couple times a week.
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I put my oyster shells and granite grit in terracotta planter dishes free choice by their feeder and waterer. They take what they want..

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