How much calcium is too much?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kayri, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Way back in the spring I had a game bird that was traumatized by a fox and then laid shelless eggs for a few months no matter what I gave her, tums, calcium syrup etc. She went through a molt and now I think she is fine. I haven't seen any shelless or soft shell eggs from her in a while (sometimes I wonder if she is laying at all). But I got in the habit of giving my other girls tums as a calcium supplement because their egg shells became hard as rock. Can I give them too much?
    Thanks Kay
     
  2. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you can, if they can not get shed of the excess calcium though the eggs the kidneys must deal with it which can cause problems.

    Also I am not sure on how super hard egg shells would affect hatching, might cause chicks not to be able to break that peep hole and zipper them selves out.
     
  3. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I guess I should cut back, how much is too much? I'm not worried about hatching as I don't have a rooster, but i wouldn't want to stress their kidneys. Thanks. Kay
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    If they start to grow antlers, it's probably too much [​IMG]
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Any way you can crush them and offer them free choice like oyster shell? Or do they go hog wild over them because they are flavored?
     
  6. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is terrible! I am still laughing.
     
  7. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard of jackalope now chickalope.

    Imagine a mean roo with spurs and antlers.
     
  8. junebug7334

    junebug7334 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes-
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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