oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shmooborp, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    at what age can you start feeding pullets oyster shells? i heard that if you feed them them at to early of an age they can get sick o die:eek:
  2. Gersbud

    Gersbud Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Central Michigan
    I don't know if they can die or not but I always leave my oyster shell seperate from regular feed and they only eat it when they want to in the coop. This is with my regular hens and when I add pullets I don't remove it. None have died yet
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Normally people do not offer oyster shell until pullets start to lay or are approaching laying age.
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Mine got o-s quite a bit younger than that, but she'd already been eating sand and shellrock bits outside for sometime, being a feral.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2008
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, that's normal. Please learn that grit and oyster shells are totally different.

    Grit is to help digest feed to the optimum level.

    Oyster shell is fed to provide the calcium in the diet, that is needed from the stress of laying.

    Both are important, however not related at all, and not to be confused as one or another.

  6. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    so i should give them grit now and oyster shell later? [​IMG]
  7. petlove

    petlove Songster

    Jan 27, 2008
    Skiatook, OK
    I need info on this topic, as well. With the starter chick crumbles do you need grit? I was under the assumption that you don't. Please advise.
  8. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
  9. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    (to the post above) for mine i didnt give them grit i just added a bit of water to make its soft.. the LOVE it ... they attack it... i even did a test, i put dry in and wet in ad they all ran straight to the wet food. silly chickens! HAHA
  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Most commercialy produced starter feed already contains grit.

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