Normal for chickens to turn up their beaks at crushed oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lucy4, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I offer it; they turn away and look at me like I'm trying to POISON them.

    I wouldn't care, but their eggshells have been sort of weak lately. Anything else I can give them? (No, they won't eat pulverized egg shells either.)

    Thanks.
     
  2. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A little raw apple cider vinegar in their water (1 T per gallon) helps with the absorption of nutrients, including minerals for egg shells.
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Are you giving it free choice? we just mix it in with the feed and they eat it.

    Steve in NC
     
  4. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks to both of you. Never tried apple cider vinegar (but I use it as a facial toner, so it's around!) As for how I offered it, I just scattered it around the pen the same way I would treats. Perhaps I should put it in their feeder with the pellets? Will try. Thanks!
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Oyster shell isn't attractive to chickens like treats are. They aren't going to chase it down and gobble it up. They'll eat a little as they feel like it or one day you may suddenly find the amount goes down and other days it won't. That's why most provide a seperate dish for it.
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Exactly! A hen will not touch oyster shell unless she needs it. I keep a filled dish inside the henhouse at all times.
     
  7. Scoot58

    Scoot58 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a little bowl next to their feeder and I don't think they touch them much. I still have 1 hen who is dropping a jello egg while perching at night. Not sure why but I am getting 5-6 beautiful eggs a day from 7 girls so I am not worrying about it.
     
  8. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I offer it to mine in a separate hanging feeder. They only eat is as needed and it lasts quite a while.

    Marty
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If they're coming to the end of their lay cycle and getting ready to molt it's common for the shell quality to deteriorate. Once they've molted and grown a new feather suit egg quality usually goes up again. Not quite as many as they used to lay, but typically somewhat larger.

    .....Alan.
     
  10. Oopoo

    Oopoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I save my eggshells and rinse them. Let them dry really well and keep them in an open container. Then I put them in the microwave for 1 min. wait and then again for about 1 min. then I crush them and my girls love them. You can also try crushed limestone. It alsco contains calcium and works like grit. yeah 2 for 1![​IMG]
     

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