Do I need to add Oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tenmore, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our first egg today....Do I need to add oyster shells to their diet? First egg was small but hard. or do I add it only if soft shells show up?
     
  2. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only add oyster shell when I started getting shelless eggs on a regular basis.
     
  3. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

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    I never add oyster shell....I save all my egg shells from eggs used in cooking, and then bake them in the oven when I have a good amount. then I crush them up and feed it too the chickens.


    ETA I think its important to crush it up real good so they don't start to think egg shells = food
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
  4. swmalone

    swmalone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets are 16 weeks and no eggs yet, but I put out some oyster shell just so they could have it if they felt they needed it or wanted it. I have noticed 2 of my 3 going for it and from appearances they are the most advanced. They are getting nice big combs and waddles and they are starting to turn red. I am hoping for eggs any time now.
     
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:They either need layer feed or free choice oyster shells on the side. If you are feeding layer feed (which is fortified with the calcium they need) they generally don't need the oyster shell.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I keep oyster shell out in a separate dish and they take it when they want it.
     
  7. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks they have been on layer feed for a couple weeks now....So I will hold off on the shells untill needed thanks again. [​IMG]
     
  8. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from Ga. I have my feed premixed with oyster shells in it. Then you don't have to worry about it. [​IMG]
     
  9. Five Dog Farm

    Five Dog Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I mix a little bit in with their scratch about once a week.
     
  10. Oopoo

    Oopoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:the microwave works great too
     

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