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Hint to increase calcium for laying hens

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by liann, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. liann

    liann New Egg

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    My 20 laying hens were struggling this spring with decreased laying and weak shells. I have tried to get them to eat oyster shells but they won't. I reached out and found an idea of mashing up their eggs and feeding it back to them. I also found information about feeding them yogurt. So I combined the two with great results!

    I put the eggs shells in the microwave for a few minutes to kill any bacteria on the shells, then I put the in the blender to make the shells super fine (I don't want the girls to get wind of the shell and start going after their eggs). Then I add a 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt serve it up. They eat it so fast and their laying increased with nice hard shells. No egg eating either.

    I hope this helps other fellow chicken enthusiasts I am not sure if there are any issues with my method, but so far no side effects other than happy chickens.[​IMG]
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I've never had to do that, or even supply oyster shell, but that's a great idea! Things change with chickens all the time and I may need to do that one day. I really like that you ground them into a powder with your blender, because those shell pieces can have little sharp edges on them.....

    Thank you for sharing that!
     

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