Show me your pics please! :) Offering crushed oyster shell/egg shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cblakley0531, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. cblakley0531

    cblakley0531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All! I need to start offering crushed oyster/egg shells to my very first ever laying hen and was curious to see what your set ups were in your coops or runs for "feeders" when it comes to crushed shell :)

    Thanks so much in advance! :)
     
  2. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

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    The catalogs list them as grit stations. They don't get tipped over, and the contents stay clean an dry. The top pops off for easy refills.
     
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  3. mmmeyer

    mmmeyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just toss the crushed egg shells in the run like scratch grains. Oyster shells I put in their feeder.
     
  4. cblakley0531

    cblakley0531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well those are nifty!!! Thank you! :)
     
  5. cblakley0531

    cblakley0531 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much for your reply!

    I do have roosters that have access to the same feeder as well as younger hens that have not started laying yet, should I be concerned about too much calcium for non layers and Roos?
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'm using a metal rabbit feeder, which I doesn't really work well, with a piece of vinyl flooring to block off the mesh bottom and a piece of fencing in the opening to try and stop billing, in my main coop.

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    But just made one out of a plastic salsa jar(32oz.Pace brand from Sams Club) that I think is working excellent in my junior coop.
    The jar is about 9" tall and the opening, that I cut with a rotozip type bit, is big enough for them to put their head in there but not bill the stuff out.
    The jar is shaped as such that I as able to use a large ziptie to attach it to the hardware cloth(which you can't see as it's covered with feedbags).

    I'm going to make another for the main coop as soon as I empty another jar of salsa.
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    I use a wide necked plastic bottle(Spartan brand corn syrup) to store dried and crushed chicken egg shells mixed with oyster shell, makes it easy to fill both shell feeders.
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  7. mmmeyer

    mmmeyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also use a milk jug. Cut out a corner or side then use handle to hang off floor which cuts down on waste. I even had a small hen nest in a milk jug...she was so cute.
     

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