oyster shell?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by abhaya, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I have a mixed age flock I am feeding starter with oystershell supplement. The little ones anr eating the oyster shell is that ok? Do they think is is grit?
    I am NOT useing it as grit. I have a mixed age flock the older birds need it.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    I don't think chicks are supposed to eat oyster shell, as this can cause bone deformities. They are supposed to have grit [​IMG]
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    They're just trying things, like little kids putting things in their mouths, they'll stop when they figure out they don't need it. In the meantime, just as long as they're getting outside where they can get to dirt, they'll be getting grit. If no, you may have to give that too if they're being feed something other than starter.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by