Question about oyster shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thndrdancr, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas
    Ok, I am new to chicken raising and have read bout everything I can.

    My girls are just now reaching maturity. I had bought some oyster shell and when I put it out, it seems like its huge chunks that are SHARP!!!! They are not HUGE chunks I guess but they are the size of good size pebbles. But the sharpness is what worries me. Are these ok, and normal, or do I need to take a hammer to it to mash it up? Guess I worry too much, hmmm? [​IMG]

    Anyhow, my girls wont eat them (yet?), but the one laying WILL eat the crushed up eggshells I give. So she must need calcium.

  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I was thinking the same thing, when I bought mine, but they do peck at it...if you have an extra amount of egg sure they would prefer that over the oyster shell....I know mine do. However, I leave a good size pan out there for them just in case they want it.
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep it is something they kind of grow into. Once your hens become older and are more stressed from laying all the eggs, their body will aquire the need for more calcium and the hens will eat alot more then. They know when they need additional calcium and as long as it is there for them to decide, in time they will consume more.

  4. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Songster

    Jun 29, 2007
    central KY
    I toss moine out on the ground and allow them to stratch for them which seems to make them ok with it. they act as though they are actually getting something to eat which always makes the little fat buggers happy!
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, they are sharp, but they eat them no problem.

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