Oyster Shell Question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by polloprincess2, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. polloprincess2

    polloprincess2 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Sorry. Newbie question.[​IMG] Why doesn't Layer Feed have the appropriate amount of calcium or oyster shell already included? I already have a separate container for grit. Now I need one for Oyster Shell? Or can I just toss some in their Layer feed?

  2. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    East Tn
    you can toss it in their food or throw some egg shells in their food. either will work.
  3. chick007

    chick007 secretagent chickenman

    Sep 25, 2011
    anchorage, alaska
    layer feed does have included amount of calcium added for laying hens. do not use layer feed for baby chicks, too much calcium. the only reason you add oyster shell is if you are having problems with thin egg shells, or you are feeding all chickens flock raiser/grower that does not have added calcium.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Layer does have the appropriate amount of calcium in it. But some hens can use a little extra. Also calcium can be notoriously difficult to absorb well.

    Adding it into the layer feed or separate is up to you. On the rare occasion I give it, I add it to the feed.

    Here are some food sources of calcium as well:

    1. Spinach & Swiss Chard
    2. Salmon & Sardines (canned with bones)
    3. Mustard, Collard, Kale & Turnip greens
    4. Shellfish
    5. Blackstrap molasses (can cause runny stools)
    6. Corn Tortillas
    7. Yogurt
    8. Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese
    9. Milk, Buttermilk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
    10. Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
    11. Romaine lettuce
    12. Rhubarb
    13. Almonds, Peanuts & Brazil Nuts
    14. Black Beans, Dried Beans (Cooked)
    15. Sesame seeds
    16. Fennel
    17. Cabbage, Bok Choy, & Chinese cabbage
    18. Summer squash
    19. Green beans
    20. Garlic (lots can flavor eggs)
    21. Tofu & Soybeans
    22. Brussel sprouts & Broccoli
    23. Oranges (Some people do not feed citrus to chickens)
    24. Asparagus & Okra
    25. Crimini mushrooms
    26. Foods Fortified with Calcium: Some Orange Juice, Breads, & Cereals


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