do they need oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nittanyxi, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If My layer feed has calcium in it do I need to feed them oyster shells?
    Can I feed their own egg shells back to them?
     
  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:The chickens know when they need extra calcium and will eat the oyster shell when they need it. So, it's a good idea to provide it to them free-choice. I have a little container (a parakeet feeder, to be specific) attached to the inside wall of my coop near the pop door for them to eat as they see fit.

    You can feed their own egg shells back to them but you should boil them and crush them finely first. For my money, it's easier and cheap enough to buy the oyster shell.
     

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