Free Range! Do I still feed crumbies?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jaybucklestarr, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. jaybucklestarr

    jaybucklestarr Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens just became free range!!! Do I still feed them laying crumbies? Thanks in advance:)
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes. Mine are free range and eat a lot less than they did when locked up, but I believe they need it available, as well as oyster shell for layers, and even grit, unless you have a lot of fine granite lying around. Lots of folks on here will disagree with the grit, but I figure that even if they are right, it's not exactly a bank breaker, costs me about $8 for a bag that lasts me 2-3 years.
     
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    I have been grinding up my eggshells and feeding them that. Will that work instead of oyster shell?
     
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    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:That's one of those things that is debated on here. Many people say they have been doing it for years and report no trouble with their eggs; others say it does not provide enough calcium, or could injure the bird internally with a sharp edge. I'm not taking sides on that one.
     

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