oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by emmak, May 17, 2010.

  1. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see a lot of people talking about feeding oyster shells? Why? Does it help with eggs? Thanks!
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Oyster shells supply calcium. It helps hens lay eggs with stronger shells.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Exactly as Kooshie said. My FIL tells me stories about collecting chicken eggs in a bucket and many of them breaking (before the days of formulated layer feed and oyster shell). I'm sure I could collect a mop bucket of eggs without them breaking because all the calcium available now makes the shells to strong.
     
  4. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks. I thought it was probably for stronger shells. Now my question is - how much do I give them? I have two full size girls and two bantams. They are all old enough to lay. My Ameracauna hasn't started yet, but I'm expecting it any day now. They eat lay crumble, hen scratch and greens. Thanks for your insight.[​IMG]
     
  5. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Quote:Offer it free choice in a feeder or a bowl or something. They'll eat it when they need it, hopefully. [​IMG]
     
  6. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks again for all your help![​IMG]:weee
     
  7. NoSleep4mommy

    NoSleep4mommy Out Of The Brooder

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    My dad used to have whole oyster shells in our driveway...to drive on and the chickens would peck at will. Nice unless you want to walk on your driveway [​IMG]
     

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