How to serve up crushed oyster shell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Yankeechick, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. Yankeechick

    Yankeechick In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2007
    Hi All,
    I purchased crushed oyster shell for my hens because I heard it is good for layers. How am I supposed to give it to them? Mixed in their feed? In a chick feeder? Like scratch?
    There's not a ton of it so I don't want to waste it. I can't find it around here, so I bought it while on vacation in New Hampshire this summer.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I just put it in a hole in a brick outside and they pick at it when ever they want some. Best thing would be to put it in a rabbit hopper so they can get it when they feel like it.
  3. TransplantedTexan

    TransplantedTexan Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Bear Creek, Wi
    I would say in thier feed, that's what I do, or in a seperate feeder. Either way they will eat it at will, as much as they need. They kinda self regulate. I would not throw it out like scratch. I think that way alot would get wasted.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I personally don't put it in the feed because I have roosters and they don't need it... sometimes they just gobble down food so I figure if it's not mixed in, less chance of them snatching them up on accident.
  5. Yankeechick

    Yankeechick In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2007
    Thanks - all very helpful. I only have 3 hens so I think I will put it in the little chick feeder I used to give the chicks the starter feed in when they were small.
  6. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    check it out, I made these feeders for grit and oyster shell, so they can get what they want when they want:

  7. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Mud hen- is your feeder the same style? I have bins(gravity feed)that all 3 match. I like yours though. How big of a pipe to feed 40 birds??? Knowing my luck one would decide to roost on the pipe and break it.
  8. Yankeechick

    Yankeechick In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2007
    Mudhen, that is very cool. I think DH could build it too!
  9. chickenwrangler

    chickenwrangler Hatching

    Aug 18, 2007
    Melissa, Texas
    Mudhen, that is very cool. What a great idea.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    It is a good idea, mudhen. I use one of the small galvanized rabbit feeders hanging on the coop wall. Mine do eat out of it because I see them do it, but it takes awhile before its empty. They don't need to eat that much of it, so it isn't like feed that empties fast. Mine contains a mixture of oyster shell and crushed eggshells.

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