Oyster Shells For Ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by faylinnc, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. faylinnc

    faylinnc Chirping

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    Hello BYC!

    I have a female black swedish who hasn't layed in a 3-4 days, and she usually lays every 1-2 days. It's very unusual to see her not laying. I ordered oyster shells and they arrived today. Would feeding them to her be a good idea? Would it help her lay eggs again? Please respond if you know! Thanks everyone ! :) :) :) :)
     
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  2. faylinnc

    faylinnc Chirping

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    unnamed.jpg this is a picture of the oyster shells
     
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  3. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Put some in a bowl where she can have a nibble whenever she feels like it. She will only eat as much as she needs. My girls get excited when I bring them shells but the drake never even touches them.
     
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  4. faylinnc

    faylinnc Chirping

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    Okay, thanks! It has calcium in it, that'll help her lay eggs easier, right? It won't harm her, right? Sorry, totally new to the whole oyster shell thing, haha. :jumpy
     
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  5. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    They use calcium they have stored in their body every time they lay an egg. The oyster shell helps replenish that. It won't make them lay. They somehow just know when they need to eat it. When my ducks weren't laying they never touched their bowl of oyster shells. The drake never touches it either. Now that they lay every day, they gobble it up. They just know.
     
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  7. carlyducks

    carlyducks Songster

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    Oyster shell is great for laying females. Gives them the extra calcium they need for the eggs. I always have it available for my female to eat if she needs. My drake doesn't touch it.
     
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  8. faylinnc

    faylinnc Chirping

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    Okay, thank you very much for the information. I feel a lot better about the whole situation, and I know she isn't egg bound now because she's having normal poops. Hopefully we'll se an egg soon though! :)
     
  9. house.of.ducks

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    The same thing was happening with my ducks because they didn’t have enough calcium. The oyster shells should help, although I just use crushed up chicken egg shells, or my ducks egg shells (once I’m done using the eggs) and feed it to them and it does the same thing and is less expensive in the long run. Kale also has a lot of calcium and helps with egg production, as well as having a lot of other vitamins, plus my ducks all love it.
     
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  10. Melscityducks19

    Melscityducks19 Hatching

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    Do I need to wash the fresh oyster shells before I crush them up for the ducks? This is all new to me.
     
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