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How much oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pierce652, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. pierce652

    pierce652 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2008
    I got oyster shells this week and have been putting about 2 cups into a pile next to the feeder each day. Every afternoon its gone and its not looking like its being scratched into the ground.

    My father who grew up working at a chicken farm says Im gonna need an ax to break open my eggs.

    How much shell is normal? I have 9 girls all together. 5 grown and 4 that arent even laying yet.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'd say your father is correct.... but I'm waiting for someone who is much smarter than I to tell you exactly how much!
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    We had to cut back too because the shells were WAY too hard. We just toss a little in their feeder each time we feed; same with the grit. If the shells are too thin, add a little more. Kinda vague, I know but they don't seem to need much.
  4. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    I have always offered Oyster Shell as free choice. My shells are quite hard but nothin' I can't handle and those that I sell my eggs to haven't complained yet!!

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