Oyster Shells - should it always be avaialble?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tflowers, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. tflowers

    tflowers Out Of The Brooder

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    A few of my chickens started to lay for the first time. When should i supply them with oyster shells?


    Should oyster shells always be available for my girls to eat?
     
  2. zebraffe4231

    zebraffe4231 Out Of The Brooder

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    well i actually just talked about this with my vet and he said that it shouldnt be available all the time because if they decide that they like it they could over eat it and get too much calcium which can be very dangerous for their health. i personally dont ever offer oyster shell or any sort of calcium powder. my feed has enough and their egg shells are super thick and all of them are healthy
     
  3. tflowers

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    I have my girls on a soy/corn free organic layer feed. Which seems like to be a well balanced feed. I recently adopted two sex links - 6 months and 10months both laying several times a week. I noticed their shell being thinner than the pullet eggs and their yolks arent as orange.

    Should i be concerned?
     
  4. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if your layer feed has enough calcium there's no need to buy/feed oyster shell


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  5. Donna R Raybon

    Donna R Raybon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep oyster shell out all the time, as well as granite grit. Since there are always youngsters running around I use both chick grit and regular sized grit. The hens that are laying I see eating oyster shell. Roosters and youngsters don't seem to care for it. Wory more about high calcium layer pellets hurting my rooster's kidneys.
     
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  6. tflowers

    tflowers Out Of The Brooder

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    My layering feed is from a company called modesto mills. How much calcium is considered enough for laying hens?
     
  7. tflowers

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    Crude protein min 17%, crude fat min 2.1%, crude fiber max 4.8%, ash max 15%
     
  8. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why not feed a layer formula that already has oyster shell in it?
     
  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

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    I feed Flock Raiser, 20% protein, and oyster shell on the side. My flock includes roosters, and chicks, and old hens who aren't laying any more, and molting birds. The laying hens eat the oyster shell, and the other birds aren't getting too much calcium. Mary
     
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  10. tflowers

    tflowers Out Of The Brooder

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    I do not see oyster shells listed in the ingredients. Does this mean i should have some oyster shells on the side?
     

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