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Oyster shells???????????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gonechickcrazy, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. gonechickcrazy

    gonechickcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    We have some hens that are 20 and 21 weeks old. We are starting to get a few eggs a day and I was wanting to know when do you start offering Oyster Shells? We offer them grit now and we are still feeding them a Grower/Finisher feed. I was told not to give a Layer feed untill they was all laying eggs. Is this correct to?
    Thanks for your help.
    Tisha
     
  2. clemson11

    clemson11 Out Of The Brooder

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    your hens are plenty old now and they are laying, you should switch to layer feed, it has a higher calcium rate so your eggs have better shells. I am not sure when and how much oyster shell, so hopefuly someone else can answer that.
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    You can offer oyster shell free choice now - in fact, if they are laying, you should be giving it to them free choice. I put mine in a dog bowl underneath the coop, which is on stilts. Enjoy your eggs! [​IMG]
     

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