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

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    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?

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  2. jeepgirl13

    jeepgirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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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