Do layers need BOTH grit and oyster shell??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mylittlehof, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. mylittlehof

    mylittlehof Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been leaving a pile of girt for the treats the girls get and have been feeding them medicated starter feed, but now they are getting to be laying age - still waiting for the first little present [​IMG] . I also have grown Guinea males who share the space and they get into each others feed. SO I'm thinking I want to just provide flock raiser, but put some oyster shell in the coop for my ladies. but do they also need grit or would Oyster shell provide the benefits of grit?

    Does this seem like a good plan to all you wonderful, wonderful experts out there? [​IMG]

    Thanks.
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    oyster shell and grit have two very different purposes. Grit is hard and has sharp edges to help digest food. Oyster shell is soft and provides extra calcium. You cannot substitute one for the other.
     

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