Oyster Shell - Free Choice?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by gilpinguy, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. gilpinguy

    gilpinguy Out Of The Brooder

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    I started giving my birds crushed oyster shell and they seem to love it. They eat quite a bit of it.

    Do you just give it to them free choice all the time or should they be on some sort of schedule, like one bowl every few days or something?
     
  2. GeneP

    GeneP Out Of The Brooder

    Depending on the container you have the oyster shell in, they can waste quite a bit. It is recommended to free feed instead of rationing it. The laying hens need it, but the roos do not. If the hens do not get enough calcium, their egg shells will be thin and break easily.
     
  3. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    I throw a handful outside when I think about it.... Once a month probably... Use to give it in the bowl but they preferred scratching for it.
     
  4. gilpinguy

    gilpinguy Out Of The Brooder

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    Good. I have a small, fairly deep bowl that I use. They have to reach in to get it so they don't waste too much. Thanks!
     

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