oyster shells without having drinking water?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by animalsRawesome, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it's not good to offer them feed if they don't have water (which mine won't because I plan on locking them up in their coop at night; thier pool is outside and I don't want them making a mess inside), but is it okay to offer them oyster shells at night when they won't have water?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would say NO...
     
  3. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  4. Gyoza

    Gyoza Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay I know this is off topic....

    but...

    Ducks need to be fed oyster shell???
     
  5. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, same as chickens. My ducks have been laying solidly now for 6 months and I have found over the past few weeks that if I let the oyster shell run out I quickly get thin shelled eggs. Almost as soon as I top it up again the eggs are back to normal. Obviously my ducks have depleted their calcium reserves and are really relying on the shell grit now. They eat a handful every couple of days between 6 ducks.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    70%cocoa :

    Quote:Yes, same as chickens. My ducks have been laying solidly now for 6 months and I have found over the past few weeks that if I let the oyster shell run out I quickly get thin shelled eggs. Almost as soon as I top it up again the eggs are back to normal. Obviously my ducks have depleted their calcium reserves and are really relying on the shell grit now. They eat a handful every couple of days between 6 ducks.

    yep I keep Oyster shell out year round. [​IMG]
     
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I keep oyster shell inside the night run because that is where it stays dry. There is water in the night run, unless the water is frozen, in which case, they don't have any water to go with their oyster shell.

    It's not food. The ducks won't eat it unless they need it. So they won't be eating it without water unless they can swallow it OK without water. Ducks can be pretty silly, but they do have some common sense about what they can eat.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011
  8. stillmecle

    stillmecle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2011
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    I mix the oyster shell in with their food. If they don't want it, they leave it in the feeder or throw it out. I have their feeder and water container in their run, their house is attached to their run,, which is a dog kennel..
     

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