Oyster shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jebbush02, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. jebbush02

    jebbush02 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have chickens ranging from 6 months to 4 months. One of the older ones has started laying. Can I go ahead and start feeding oyster shells or do I need to wait till everyone is laying? I put a handful out and only the one laying seems real interested in it. I just have been putting a handful out every couple of days. Continue or hold off? If I continue, how much should I put out?
     
  2. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just go ahead and offer them free choice in a small feeder located at hen height in the coop, and assume that the girls who need them will eat them. You could probably also throw a handful out to them every few days, but don't actually mix it in with the feed as this might be harder for the young ones to sort out. Otherwise I don't think it's a problem.
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree. They'll only eat it if they need it.
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a cup attached to the wall and refill as needed. They take it when/if needed and leave it otherwise.
     

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