Oyster Shell Mixed Or Seperate

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rsweet, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. rsweet

    rsweet Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it best to mix the oyster shell with the feed or as a side dish?
     
  2. sarahandjay

    sarahandjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put them on the side and the hens eat as needed.
     
  3. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I give it to them on the side, they just spread it everywhere. So every few days I just mix some in their feed.
    Actually I give mine egg shells.
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Separate makes assessing intake easier.
     
  5. T-traveler

    T-traveler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've tried both ways and it seems that it just gets spread all around. I haven't seen a single chicken actually eat it. We do save our egg shells and grind them up in the food processor, then add that to the feed. Trouble is that the amount we get from eggs doesn't last very long. Is there another form of calcium that the chickens are more likely to eat than oyster shell? I thought about using bone meal (which is what brought me to this forum), but I don't know if it's safe for chickens. I don't see why it wouldn't be safe for them, but I thought I'd ask before trying it on the flock.
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'm no expert, but people here in Kenya use bonemeal, and i have done in the past. Fortunately almost all my flock are laying, so i give them layers food but i do put additional free choice limestone for them (never touched, but thats ok).

    CT
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I toss my oyster shell and/or egg shells into the run and let the birds scratch around for them. Same with grit if I supplement with that.
     

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