Oyster Shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ptfdf71, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. ptfdf71

    ptfdf71 Hatching

    Dec 11, 2007
    What are people's opinions on Oyster shells? And if I use what is the easiest way to feed to them?
  2. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I just have the bottom of a plastic container screwed to the wall of each of my coops so they can eat it if they want it.
    I can honestly say they rarley eat it. But its there and thats all that matters.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have a heavy rubber bowl in the coop with oyster shell free choice......its there if they want it....some like a nibble once in awhile, some don't....
  4. NS2A

    NS2A Songster

    Jun 11, 2007
    My buff orps don't seem to eat it much if at all. My guess is they're smart enough to figure if they need it or not. The eggs are good and they keep laying, so I guess I have it out, but don't really worry if it's not.
  5. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    I must have strange chickens because mine gobble it up. I feed them layer mash, black oil sunflower seeds, scratch w/ the wheat kernels in it (I tell you all this so you will know they are not vitamin deficient), and treats and the oyster shell..these are all standard fare (they are penned, not free-range..in a dirt bottom coop) and they eat nearly all of what they are provided,, every day...now you know why I brag about the big, fat chickens all the time, loL! I have 12 hens and average 9 eggs a day. I throw the oyster shell and the BOS on the ground with the scratch, by the way, dont know if that makes a difference...
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    My chickens have access to grit, oyster shell, layer feed, mixed grains and water at all times.

    Once the novelty of something new wears off they don't seem as attracted to it as in the begining.

    At first they gobbled up everything, including the grit then they settled down and it is no big now. I have a 50lb bag that I purchased several months ago, I still have about 2/3 of it and the shell box is still fairly full right now.

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