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oyster shell ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ctjim, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. ctjim

    ctjim Songster

    Jun 9, 2007
    just got some oyster shell for my hens as they just started laying. the pieces of shell seem to be on the big side, and i purchased the pullet oyster shell bag. are they supposed to be that way? b4 i gave them to the hens i broke them up smaller, w/ a make shift mortar and pestal. i didn't want the bigger/sharper pieces to injure them.
  2. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    im not sure becuase my silkie hasn't started laying but if they where big peaces i would brake them up to...
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    You'll be suprised at they'll eat. The big pieces are fine. I've had different types from our feedstore. The first time I bought some, they were large pieces like you described and the birds still ate them. The last time I bought some they were more like the consistency of large oatmeal flakes.
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    If they are to big, your hens will find a way to break them. No need to do it for them, it gives them something to play with.
  5. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    Mine eat whole sunflower seeds in the shell, So I don't think it'd hurt them.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I have oyster shell from the 60's and they are about 3x the size of oyster shell at the feed store today... they still eat the ones from the 60's when both are available to them.

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