Oyster Shell Questions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gaillardia, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. gaillardia

    gaillardia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2010
    Larkspur, CO
    My girls free range and get most of the nutrients outside, but I want to give them oyster shells. Do I put it in a container next to the feeder in their coop or mix it with their pellets? I just got my first egg yesterday (finally) and will recycle the eggshells back to them, but for now don't have the shells to give.

    Also, my other girls haven't started laying, but should very soon (they are 19 and 20 weeks old), so will it harm them if they consume the oystershell I am leaving for my one layer?

    I would appreciate any input!
  2. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    I would put the oyster shells in a separate container next to their feed. The're only going to eat what they need anyway. No, it will not hurt your 5 mo. old hens since they'll be laying anytime now.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2010

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