Kari in Arkansas, here to get acquainted.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kari-oke, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Kari-oke

    Kari-oke New Egg

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    We are raising our 6 Rhode Island reds (banties were good chicken soup) as close to organic as we can. They were mature birds when we got them, but egg shells were fragile. Hubby bought non organic crumbles to help harden them. I feel like after the GMOs were out of diet, shell situation would have rectified itself. ???
     
  2. Kari-oke

    Kari-oke New Egg

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  3. Kari-oke

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    I was NOT happy about crumbles
     
  4. alldembirds

    alldembirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the fragile shells could be from a couple things it is probably from lack of calcium
     
  5. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need calcium in their diet. GMO's don't have anything to do with soft shells. You need to be feeding them a "layer" feed if you want to fix the shell problem.
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Your birds can get additional calcium through things like crushed oyster shell, yogurt, cottage cheese and some greens (like broccoli) are loaded with it.

    Good luck!
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Even when you feed layer it's a good idea to have oyster shell in a separate dish so hens can eat what they need.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined the BYC "flock".

    Calcium is the key to strong shells, GMOs aren't going to really affect it. Do you know how much calcium is in crumbles? You want about 3-4% calcium for good quality shells. If there isn't enough calcium, you can supplement with oystershell or with crushed eggshell.[​IMG]
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your chickens! As the other posters have said, layer feed and a calcium supplement (like oystershell) should help your hens lay strong eggs.
     

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