Oyster shell..... Could this mean eggs?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cnj-tx50, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my flock for 4 months now and most of my girls are between 26 and 28 weeks old and only one has been laying for 5 weeks. I have a dish of oyster shell out for them since the end of July and no one ate it. Now in a matterof days it;s empty and I have refilled it. Could this mean eggs?
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Hmmm...I have no idea. But I'll watch to see how this is answered, to know whether that's a sign or not...
     
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that's a very good sign. My pullets only started chowing down the shell about a week before they started laying. They usually eat some shell even though they are on layer food, but now that they are molting, "taking a break", whatever (not laying! [​IMG] ) the shell is untouched. So I think it is a very good indicator of egg production.
     
  4. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh! That's wonderful news! Maybe the wait is over!!! I have been watching and checking for about 3 weeks now. About 7 of them have bright red combs and waddles and they have been doing the "egg song" but no eggs!!!! I was beginning to think I was going to have to be happy with the one egg-a-day.[​IMG]:weee:weee:weee:weee:weee
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Mine also start eating the oyster shell shortly before laying, so maybe you'll have some good news soon! [​IMG]

    Just FYI, they're called "wattles" not "waddles". [​IMG]
     
  6. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the FYI!!!
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:I'm a former Austinite- got brisket?

    Hope you get eggs soon- before long, you'll be begging people to take some.
     
  8. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a matter of fact we filled our smoker this weekend and I was telling the girls that I liked smoked chicken just as much as I like brisket!!!
     

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