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Too much calcium?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 24karot, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. 24karot

    24karot New Egg

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    Can hens get too much calcium? I have 4 RIRs that are laying and I give about 1 quarter cup pulverized shells mixed in yogurt every 3 days
    They eat the whole thing. They free range and eat grower feed. I had a hen that was egg bound due to soft shell, but she passed it along with a shell less at the same time
    No problems since giving them shells. I can't mix in with the feed as the pullets will eat it too. Am I giving them too much?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The calcium in egg shells dissolves very quickly. They need to have a source of calcium available all day long, everyday. That's why crushed oyster shell is more commonly used. It doesn't dissolve as quickly, and the hens tend to need less to produce good egg shells. The source of calcium should not be mixed in with other things. It should be left out all day long so that they can consume it as they need it.
     
  3. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: really? darn it! I bought oyster shells yesterday and on the back of the bag it specifically says you can mix it with feed, so I mixed some of it in with the feed (a couple handfuls, not too much). I did spread some out for them to eat in the run because they were really curious about all the "treats" I carried out. Ugh!
     
  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mix oyster shells with my peafowl's feed I just add when needed to be added and my peafowl have access to their feed all day. Sometimes I give oyster shells to my chickens or duck when the feathers or egg quality goes down a bit then I give them some oyster shells to help out buy my birds have access to their feed pans all day and night.
     
  5. Justso

    Justso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder if the Pullets would not bother (other than at the start when it's new) if you had it in a separate feeder than the grower feed? Will the adult hens naturally crave and seek out the oyster grit?
    There are loads of opinions, my favorite was "if it grows antlers it's too much".
    If this method is working for you I'd stick with it.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The reason you don't mix it into the feed is so that those birds that don't need it, aren't consuming it by accident. If you offer it separately, the birds that need the calcium will eat it. The ones that don't need it, will leave it alone, for the most part.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    ^^^ X2.
     
  9. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to Back Yard Chickens ! [​IMG]
    I never heard of getting to much Calcium.
     
  10. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    You are right. If they don't need it, they don't crave or eat it. It's not tasty.
     

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