what is the best thing to give a chicken for more calcium?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by floridachickhatcher, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Other than oyster shells and grit cause that is not working for our chickens

    we have RIR,BR,WR
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    What is the problem you are experiencing, or reason for more calcium.

    Here are some foods higher in calcium:

    1. Spinach & Swiss Chard
    2. Salmon & Sardines (canned with bones)
    3. Mustard, Collard, Kale & Turnip greens
    4. Shellfish
    5. Blackstrap molasses (can cause runny stools)
    6. Corn Tortillas
    7. Yogurt
    8. Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese
    9. Milk, Buttermilk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
    10. Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
    11. Romaine lettuce
    12. Rhubarb
    13. Almonds, Peanuts & Brazil Nuts
    14. Black Beans, Dried Beans (Cooked)
    15. Sesame seeds
    16. Fennel
    17. Cabbage, Bok Choy, & Chinese cabbage
    18. Summer squash
    19. Green beans
    20. Garlic
    21. Tofu & Soybeans
    22. Brussel sprouts & Broccoli
    23. Oranges (Some people do not feed citrus to chickens)
    24. Asparagus & Okra
    25. Crimini mushrooms
    26. Foods Fortified with Calcium: Some Orange Juice, Breads, & Cereals


    Imp
     
  3. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they lay soft shells and yeah i know too much calcium can be bad for them
     
  4. tenderkat

    tenderkat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine have layed soft-shelled for quite a while, despite supplemental oyster shell and offering many of the foods that Imp mentioned. I just read that a vitamin D3 deficiency can cause soft-shelled eggs. I bought a vitamin/electrolyte supplement for my girls yesterday, which has vitamin D in it. I'm not sure if that could be what's going on with your chickens, but I'm hoping that extra D will help mine.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  6. teamsunbelt

    teamsunbelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grandma alway said to give the egg shells back to them, makes the new eggs stronger.
     
  7. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As Tenderkat said, they may be missing some other vitamin like D. I had an australorp hen who had the same problem when she started laying, with yogurt and vitamin supplements she did better. She laid these huge eggs, often with ripples in the shell.
     
  8. feliciamckee

    feliciamckee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is what I do also. I just make sure to crush them up really well.
     

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