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Oyster Shell for "Chicks"?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tulie13, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. tulie13

    tulie13 Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    NW Florida
    I know laying hens may need the extra calcium, but I have also seen that "young chicks" shouldn't be allowed to eat "laying feed" because the high calcium could cause kidney stress.

    At what age is it OK to give them free choice oyster shell? If they don't need it, they won't eat it, right? Mine are 6 weeks old now. THANKS! [​IMG]

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    It's best to not give extra calcium until they start laying or week 20, whichever comes first.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:Yep, what ridgerunner said!

    6 week old chicks will usually eat whatever is put in front of them, whether they should eat it or not.

    Personally, I wouldn't put it out for them until they are laying.

    Hope this is some help!


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