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Should I give the chickens calcium now?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mmccarthy781, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. mmccarthy781

    mmccarthy781 Out Of The Brooder

    May 19, 2013
    Hi everyone,
    So I have 3 buff orpington hens, and I just got my first egg this past Sunday. However, I believe that only one is laying as of now. Should I hold off on the laying feed and oyster shells until they all start to lay?

  2. jeepgirl13

    jeepgirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2013
    Just put some oyster shell in a separate dish in the coop. The hens will self regulate. If you got an egg you should put it out. I feed nutrena all flock and offer free choice oyster shell and my hens are happy and lay very hard shelled eggs.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Nope, assuming they are all the same age, you can switch them to layer feed now. Also, you can provide oyster shell in a container on the side, they will take it when they need it.

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