Too much oyster shell?

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  1. meganrk

    meganrk Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 30, 2013
    Hello all, this is my first time posting (forgive me if this has already been covered, I couldn't find a previous thread). I've only been keeping chickens for a year. I currently have 7 hens, raised from hatchlings. Today I brought home a new hen (she is 6 mos. old) and have her in a separate coop away from the others for a quarantine period. I filled her feeder with Purina Layena crumbles and added vitamins/electrolytes to her water. She has been drinking normally, but has not touched her food yet. I also placed a small dish of oyster shell in her coop. She ate the WHOLE dish of oyster shell. I asked the previous owner what she was previously being fed and she said cracked corn and table scraps (no chicken feed). Would it be normal for her to consume that much shell? Will it harm her to have eaten that much? Thank you for any insight!
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    She has not been feed a normal well balanced diet in the past, obviously.
    I'm not sure if that much calcium is/will be bad or not.
    I would take it away from her...not offer it again until she is laying regularly.

    She may not actually know what feed looks like...keep an eye on her and see if she starts eating the feed tomorrow.

    She should be ok, chickens don't like change.
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  3. Dawnclucks22

    Dawnclucks22 Overrun With Chickens

    Chickens require a healthy dose of calcium to produce egg shells, so if she was not getting enough calcium on her previous diet I'd say she is only trying to get what she needs. I wouldn't worry unless it becomes a habit.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think she shouldn't be offered the oyster shell or layer feed until she starts laying.
    Some folks prefer hens on grower feed because it was more protein than layer & have a side feeder with oyster shell.
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
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