oyster shell question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wannalive, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. wannalive

    wannalive Out Of The Brooder

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    i keep hearing/reading to give oyster shell to laying hens only... is there a ill affect to giving pre laying. or roo's other than wasting, and it is not mixed in with the crumbles. it would be free choice
     
  2. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They shouldn't have the additional calcium until laying age..any time from 18 weeks on.
    The roos shouldn't have the calcium because it will give them some problems from having too much. I feed Flock Raiser for the extra protein and also because I do have roos and didn't want them to be eating the Layena with the calcium.

    I get baby pig feeders and keep the oyster shell in one and grit in the other.
    I never see my roos touch the oyster shell, but the hens love it.
     
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to ask, how fo you keep the oyster shell from the rooster and give it to the hens?
     
  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is free choice, it should not be a problem since they are good at self regulating, but there is really no reason to even offer it to them until they start laying. They could always end up eating it out of bordem, curiousity or hunger. So I recommend waiting until they are laying.
     
  5. wannalive

    wannalive Out Of The Brooder

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    their is my problem, i have a few that are laying, a few that aint yet, and one roo... so trying to figure out how to give laying feed to layers, and not to other girls, and oyster shell to layers and not to other girls, or the roo...
     
  6. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Great question. I want to know how to do this also.
     
  7. johnwinters

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    When I introduce a young or younger birds (younger then 5 months) in with older birds, I put them all on grower and provide calcium free choice. The younger ones might peck at it, but only the mature hens who need it ever really eat any. I've never noticed the roosters eating any, though I suppose if they felt they needed some they might. Otherwise, there is not point in providing young hens who aren't laying yet with a calcium supplement.
     
  8. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Young pullets and roos will indeed sample it when it's first intoduced but won't continue to eat it. Laying hens will only eat it as they feel the need.
     
  9. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, if roosters are in with hens layer feed should not be used?
     
  10. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like if we do something other than an egg the rooster may lay. And all things considered it would smell and need cleaning. [​IMG]
     

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