Do you mix oyster shell in with the feed, or do you offer it separate?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wordgirl, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    We just bought our first bag of oyster shell yesterday, and I'm wondering how to give it to them. Which way is best? The bag suggests mixing it in with the feed, but I always thought you fed it separate. [​IMG]
  2. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a separate dish for the oyster shell. My girls eat it when they need to.

  3. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    I mix it right in and everyone tells me about how strong our shells are! I use an old Mr. Coffee scoop and add one to every feed scoop I put in the feeder. The feed scoop holds about a quart or so of crumbles.


    Last edited: Oct 3, 2009
  4. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    We put it in a separate container.
  5. RedStarDaddy

    RedStarDaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2009
    I have mine in a hanging 3-pound Little Giant feeder.

  6. TarzantheChickenMan

    TarzantheChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2009
    Guthrie, MN
    i use a double rabbit feeder for grit and oyster shell offered free choice
    i found the if i mix it in the birds pull it out and throw it on the ground
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  7. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    I have a small wallfeeder for grit and one for oyster shell....that way they can get what they need. The instructions on the bag say to mix it in their feed but layer feed already has some calcium in it.....They know when they need more and pick at it. Also, not all my chickens are laying yet. 2 are not even close (hatched August) but they are also not integrated with the others yet and are on grower feed.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2009
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I mix mine in.

    No soft shells now.
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    I put mine in a seperate container. I use one of those round galvanized trays I found in the pet section at wal mart and put grit & oyster shells in it. Let them decide when they want it.

  10. VA from WV

    VA from WV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2009
    Eastern Pandhandle WV
    I mix it in. I found that when I offered it free choice, they'd knock the pan/feeder/delivery system of choice all over and it would end up on the ground. Mixed with the food, they dump the bigger pieces sometimes, but we're wasting less than the other way.

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