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Putting oyster shell in feed for blind chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DaniLovesChickens, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. DaniLovesChickens

    DaniLovesChickens Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    We have several blind chickens that live together in their own little home. Since they are blind, they are not able to see free choice items such as grit or oyster shell.

    I tried putting some in a corner dish, but I think that they see anything that is not their normal feed as a treat and they ate it down.

    I have heard that you shouldn't put the stuff in their feed. What should I do though?

    What do you think? Would it be ok to just sprinkle a pinch of grit and a pinch of oyster shell in their food every day?

    I really want to hear what everyone thinks!!

  2. ondreeuh

    ondreeuh In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2010
    I toss their grit out in their run. Chickens are designed to find their own grit on the ground, so I'm just making sure there is plenty available.

    As for oyster shell, I don't think it would hurt to sprinkle it on their food, as long as you don't overdo it. Plenty of people just use layer feed with no extra oyster shell (like me!), so it's not really necessary IMO. Too much calcium sounds bad for the chickens, so I would just use a pinch if anything.

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