oyster shell substitute

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by birdface, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. birdface

    birdface In the Brooder

    May 27, 2011
    Downingtown, Pa
    My girls are getting ready to start laying and have no desire to eat oyster shells, is there anything to switch out for that? Do they even need it? They free range all day and chomp on some sand here and there.

  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I've been saving my egg shells, rinsing them, baking them at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes, then crushing them up very small. My girls go crazy for it.
  3. OwensMom

    OwensMom Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    CO Western Slope
    I never see my girls eating their oyster shell yet I know that they will. I have a feeder with free choice oyster shell in it and have to refill rarely. The egg shell idea is a good one but it is easier for me to put eggshells in the compost.
  4. JulzRuss

    JulzRuss In the Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    Squaw Valley
    Good information about the eggshells. I'm going to try the eggshells when my hens start laying.

  5. birdface

    birdface In the Brooder

    May 27, 2011
    Downingtown, Pa
    ive lefty a bowl of oyster shell out for them to pick at but they just knock it over and poop on it. i might try the eggshell trick if i remember to not compost them. Is there anything else to giver them
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I don't see my birds eating the oyster shell... however the oyster shell dish tray needs to be refilled and I've gone through well over a 5 gallon bucket of the stuff over the past decade.... it's not in the bedding, so I assume something ate it.
  7. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Songster

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    Most layer feed has enough calcium for them laying without supplemental caclium source. Can also supplement with yogurt and cottage cheese for extra protein and calcium.

  8. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl Songster

    Jul 30, 2011
    I do eggshells, too, but I just nuke them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and then crush them up.
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    What aggie9296 said.

    Here's some other sources of calcium:

    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
    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

  10. ladyride

    ladyride Songster

    Apr 30, 2011
    East Tn

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