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Oyster Shell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jdoane, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have just moved a 7 month old pullet in with my 3 month pullets after quarantine. The 7 month old is laying and I had her on layer feed during the quarantine. But since the others are not - I have the whole little flock on a good local feed mills flock feed. I have oyster shell and egg shells available. Will the younger ones not eat those just because they don't need them. They were very curious about it when I put it out but I'm hoping that as the newness wears off they won't eat much of it. Is there anything different I should be doing?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You're doing pretty much what I do, and what it seems most people with mixed flocks do. The younger chicks maybe a little curious about the shell, but they should just leave it pretty much alone. Are you free feeding them otherwise? The only other reason I could really think of them eating it would be if they are hungry and that is what happens to be there.
     
  3. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes free feeding during daylight hours. I bring in the feed at night.
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually they shouldn't, i keep oyster shell out for my duck flock and the young may do a try nibble but afterwards ignore it.
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013

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