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what vegetables are the best source of calcium

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by percy, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. percy

    percy Out Of The Brooder

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    what vegetables are the best source of calcium that my chickens will love. we give them eggshells & oyster shells, looking for more. Spinach, beet greens ... any other suggestions they will gobble up ?
     
  2. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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  3. Dadspossum

    Dadspossum Out Of The Brooder

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    I LOOKED IT UP WHEN I HAPPENED TO ME I GAVE THEM SCARPS EVERY SO OFTEN AND MY EGG COUNT WENT DOWN?!? UNLESS YOU GIVE IT TO THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS IT GETS THEM OFF TRACK FOR A WHILE AND THEY WONT LAY AS LONG AS YOU GIVE THEN NO GIVE THEN GIVE AND NOT GIVE AND SO ON. SO UNLESS YOU GIVE IT TO THEM ON AN EVERY DAY BASIS DONT DO IT!!! BUT OTHER WISE THEY LIKE CHEREOS AND HONEY BUNCHES. [​IMG]
     
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  4. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All those in the cabbage and mustard families, especially collards and kale. Sesame seeds have about 1600 mg per cup. I add sesame seeds to their feed. They love them and it seems to add to the thickness of their eggshells. It is also cheap and available throughout the year. Most white beans, seeds and greens, including grass, have usuable amounts of calcium. Figs, peaches and apricots have some, too. Mealworms and soldierflies and most hardshelled insects have calcium.

    There is also a relationship between phosphorus, salt and protein and calcium uptake/retention. Too much salt and protein means the chickens will have to consume more calcium. Too little or too much phosphorus, the same thing.

    I give mine access to greens, insects, fruits, calcium and phosphorus rich grains and seeds in addition to free oyster shell. They have never been eggbound and have hard shells.
     
  5. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
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    Spinach no good for chickens. It has something in it that binds with the calcium, making it unavailable. Oxalic acid?
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Here's a list.

    Molasses can give chickens diarrhea

    Some people don't give citrus to chickens

    A lot of Garlic can effect egg taste

    Imp- Don't know why #14 is blank. [​IMG]


    1.Spinach
    2.Turnip greens
    3.Mustard greens
    4.Collard greens
    5.Blackstrap molasses
    6.Swiss chard
    7.Yogurt
    8.Kale
    9.Mozzarella cheese
    10.Milk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
    11.Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
    12.Romaine lettuce
    13.Rhubarb
    14.
    15.Broccoli
    16.Sesame seeds
    17.Fennel
    18.Cabbage
    19.Summer squash
    20.Green beans
    21.Garlic
    22.Tofu
    23.Brussel sprouts
    24.Oranges
    25.Asparagus
    26.Crimini mush
     
  7. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

  8. percy

    percy Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, i am continuously amazed @ the time effort all of you take to write us back. It is so wonderful and we can't thank you enough :)
     
  9. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Quote:I know this came up on my own calcium thread. It seems like many people here recommend spinach. I know I used to give it to my chooks. Maybe that was part of the problem. I always trust dlhunicorn, and she said no spinach.
     
  10. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For humans, oxalic acid is not as big as a problem as once thought. It seems that our digestive track can moderate some of the effects of oxalic acid. Not sure if this is the same thing for chickens. The good news is that oxalic acid is only a problem when it is consumed with a calcium source. It only binds with calcium while in the digestive track. It doesn't actually extract it from bones or cartilage. Too much protein, salt or phophorus, on the other hand, can have a negative effect on stored calcium.
     

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