Grit/Oyster Shell??????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenscratch, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. chickenscratch

    chickenscratch In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2007
    Once I out my chickens on layer mix do I need to add grit or is there grit in the layer mix?
    Oyster shell? Should I add this to the layer mix as well and in what type of ratio?
  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    Grit is necessary if your birds do not have access to sandy soil or small pebbles when they are outside. If necessary, sprinkle it on the feed or offer it in a hopper.

    Oyster shell is definitely necessary for laying hens and is usually offered free-choice in a hopper and not mixed in the feed.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yep, I give oyster shell in a brick that has a hole in it and they find all the grit they need by free ranging.
  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    It really depends upon your layer feed. I've used some brands that had 4 percent calcium in the mix and the bags said not to feed additional calcium. Other brands of layer feed I've used specifically stated on the bag that additional calcium supplements such as lime or oyster shell are needed.

    There are 4 different feedstores in my area and I'll just drop by any one of them for a bag of layer feed and it seems I end up with something different each time. I always assumed that "layer feed" had calcium in it, isn't that what makes it layer feed? Then I brought home a bag of Naturewise Layer Feed and right on the front of the bag it said you had to give additional calcium with their feed. I was wondering why it was a little cheaper than what I had been paying for other brands...

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