What did they do for calcium in the old days?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MadChickensVT, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. MadChickensVT

    MadChickensVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My goal is to have my chickens be self-sustaining at least in the warmer months. They can find plenty to eat around my place, but this spring I quickly discovered they need supplemental calcium or they stop laying. Yes, I could stockpile bags of calcium chips, but that's not my goal.

    What did they do in the old days for calcium?
     
  2. cmedeiros17

    cmedeiros17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a great question! I've wondered this myself...............curious to see people's answers.
     
  3. Odii

    Odii Out Of The Brooder

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    Egg shells?
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  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Depends on what mean by "old days".

    Oyster shells, and Lime was the most common.

    On a side note;
    The chickens we have to day are nothing like they had in the old days (before poultry feed). Most of today's chickens would be walking skeletons and lay very little eggs if they had to survive solely on free ranging.

    Chris
     
  5. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Save up your egg shells, crush them and feed back to your hens.
     
  6. cmedeiros17

    cmedeiros17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do this as well.

    My thinking of "old days" is before electricity and modern day conveniences.
     
  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Like Chris09 said, they fed the shells back to them and gave them lime. BUT, not the kind that burns of course!
     
  8. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    I think a very important question is what breed(s) of chickens do you have, and where did they come from? Climate and types of forage can make a difference, too. Many modern chickens probably could not thrive and lay eggs for us if raised in the "old ways".

    Feeding back the shells is a great step, but might not be enough if you want regular, healthy egg production. Again, it depends on many factors.
     
  9. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you aren't giving them any feed make sure they still have a source of good protein also.
     
  10. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    In Australia we feed them shell grit- crushed sea shells.
     

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