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oyster shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by houseofclucks, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. houseofclucks

    houseofclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all just a quick question here-

    My five hens go through a five pound bag of oyster shells pretty fast. Are there other forms of calcium I can feed the birds? Can you buy the oyster shells in bulk sizes other than 5lb. bags?, so I can save some money.
     
  2. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    You can give your hens the egg shells back after you use the eggs. Just smash them up pretty well. Also, of you have a TSC...farm implement supply center near you...you should be able to get crushed oyster shell in 50 pound bags. I did. Seems to be lasting me forever! I have had mine just about a year now, with 11 hens. Of course, there are 23 MORE this year, so I guess I better go buy another 50 pounds! LOL
     
  4. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought a big bag of calcium bicarbonate..(I think thats what is on the bag) at the feed store.. it works fine..
     
  5. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    that's way more than they should need.

    **Rats and mice also love oyster shells...so check to make sure you're not being robbed!

    **Are you sure they're not just spilling it everywhere and working into your bedding? Chickens ARE messy that way!

    **Giving eggshells back is a great way to add calcium to your chickens' diet, but remember to keep giving them oystershell as well, as you need 3-5 eggshells to make one new eggshell.

    Sandra
     
  6. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    When you say pretty fast how fast do you mean.

    I bought 10lbs in Oct and still have 1/2 bag. I had 3 hens untill Feb and got 4 more then. Seems like it maybe going somewhere else. I give mine free choice and they just eat a little at a time and still spill some on the floor of coop.
     

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