How long to dose Zocal-d for

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by ktisathome, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. ktisathome

    ktisathome New Egg

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    Hi all, I'm getting quite a few shelless eggs even though I'm feeding oyster and egg shell. BHWT suggested zocal d for a calcium boost. Bottle says the dose, but doesn't say how many days to repeat for. Does anyone know? Thanks.
     
  2. DrPatrickBiggs

    DrPatrickBiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi ktisathome,

    You can provide egg shells to your hens instead of oyster shell. Just be aware that there could be some issues with this approach. The calcium in egg shells is not as available to the animal as oyster shell. Your birds will have to eat more egg shells to get the same amount of calcium from oyster shell. You could be teaching your birds that eating egg shells are ok, which could lead them to start eating the eggs that they are laying. Be sure that you are drying and cleaning the egg shells prior to giving them to your birds. You could be feeding the hens bacteria that you do not want them to have and could potentially make them sick. Remember that Oyster Strong is incorporated into the diet. In most cases, you should not need to supplement oyster shell when you are feeding a diet with the Oyster Strong System.
     

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