Oyster shells

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

  1. jebbush02

    jebbush02 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 16, 2012
    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

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    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

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Agree. They'll only eat it if they need it.
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    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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