oyster shell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shmeggs, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. shmeggs

    shmeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been thinking of giving my chickens oyster shell. A friend told me he puts it in a separate feed dish they eat it as they need to, but I was reading that some mix it with the layer food. what does most of you do, put in another dish or mix it with layer food?
     
  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    I put it in a separate dish and feed it free choice. They eat what they need.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    I offer both grit and oyster shell as free choice in a separate container. This allows them to take what they want/need - and makes it easy to monitor consumption,etc.
     
  4. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. It's impossible to know exactly how much calcium they will need at any given time, even more so if you happen to have a mixed flock. Makes perfect sense just to let each hen take what they need, when they need it, if they need it. You can top it off periodically when they eat it all.
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Too much calcium is bad for young chickens. Feed oyster shell and granite grit free choice in a separate small can and let each chicken eat what and only what they need. Works great for a mixed age flock.
     
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