Maybe a dumb question but: Can you give chickens "real" oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChobeeChickenMommy, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. ChobeeChickenMommy

    ChobeeChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 2 silkie hens have stopped laying & now I am thinking it's because of lack of calcium. I was giving them regular egg shells every once in a while, but my hubby was thinking that we could crush up all the oyster shells from a bbq we had last weekend and give them to the chicks... Would this be ok?! We washed really well of course, but I just wanted to make sure before we went through the trouble of crushing them...
     
  2. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it should be alright. Did you boil them? But also I dont think thats why your Silkies stopped laying though. The girls may have stoped laying due to molt, lack of light and any one of numerous reasons.
     
  3. ChobeeChickenMommy

    ChobeeChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    && see I never thought that lack of oyster shells/calcium could have been the culprate, since I was giving them egg shells...
     

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