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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenman17, Nov 1, 2011.
am I the only one?
I do both. Eggshells when I have a lot and oyster shell when I don't.
I have always used ground egg shells. It seems to be better metabolized that oyster shells and its free free free.
No, you are not the only one.
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.
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
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.
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.
I keep both in the run as free choice. They eat both too.