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does anyone feed egg shells instead of oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenman17, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. chickenman17

    chickenman17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    am I the only one?
     
  2. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do both. Eggshells when I have a lot and oyster shell when I don't.
     
  3. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    I have always used ground egg shells. It seems to be better metabolized that oyster shells and its free free free. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ditto!
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    No, you are not the only one.
     
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine won't touch the oyster shell. It's dumped out in a heap in the run....looks kinda sad. They love the shells though.
     
  7. chickenman17

    chickenman17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the responses everyone! After reading a lot of the posts on here it just seemed like everyone was using oyster shell instead of the traditional egg shells.I guess I was wrong! I have one more question though. On the bag of standard laying pellets that I bought, it says not to feed oyster shells while the chickens are on the pellets. Obviously since I use egg shells instead does that mean I shouldn't feed the shells? Thanks
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Actually, the one time I saw that, I believe it said to offer shells. I ignored it. Back feeding eggs shells is plenty supplemental calcium for our flock. For any extra boost, a handful of calcium carbonate mixed into the feed. We have bags of it for the farm anyhow. $4 for 40# bag. Cheap.
     
  9. Stephanie739

    Stephanie739 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give mine the eggshells. Well, I throw them in the yard for the anyway. A friend of mine told me when he was growing up they had a ton of chickens and always did that...so I do too. They like them.
     
  10. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep both in the run as free choice. They eat both too.
     

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