size of oyster shell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chick-e-chick, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. chick-e-chick

    chick-e-chick Out Of The Brooder

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    I can get two types of oyster shell, one is ground up into quite small grit, which they seem to prefer, but I've been told that I should be using the shell that is broken into larger pieces, is there a difference or is it all the same stuff - just made into different sizes?

    I leave them a pot of grit to help themselves to but they don't seem to touch it, so when I give them a teat of yoghurt I mix the grit up in it so that they get a supply because they were laying soft eggs. The softies are getting fewer now.

    Any advise?
     
  2. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my suggestion... I'm no expert, but here goes...

    The bag of Oyster Shell seems to have some smaller and larger pieces. I put them in a bowl and let them eat what they like.

    In your case, you may want to put a little of both size in a bowl.

    With smaller/younger birds, I'm sure they are unable to break up the big pieces. By offering both sizes, you will have plenty that can be used for when they get bigger. I haven't read any differences in Oyster shells. I think it all in the processing to make larger or smaller bits.

    My girls don't seem to care about the grit or yogart yet. Maybe it will come in time.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. chick-e-chick

    chick-e-chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Ladysonja, they don't seem to like the shell much, they have a pot of the small grit to eat from as they please which they don't really touch, so we mix it in with their food!

    I thought that the size was all down to processing too - I mean it's all oyster shell at the end of the day.
     

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