When and how much Grit/Oyster Shell ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by christina1982, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. christina1982

    christina1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    How often and how much Grit/Oyster Shell should I give my chickens? I only have 5 (25 weeks) but i'm not really sure.

    Any suggestions would be great!
     
  2. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2009
    Both can be offered free-choice.
     
  3. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I just bought a bag of grit and it said for 8 weeks or older. My chicks are 9 weeks, I haven't given it to them yet as they have been eating sand and stuff. About the oyster shell, isn't that for when they start to lay eggs?
     
  4. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Grit can and should be offered after 1st week and oyster shell only if you notice thin egg shells, or just want them to always have really thick ones.
     
  5. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I offer mine free choice after a couple of months [​IMG]
     
  6. christina1982

    christina1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I offered it to them this morning and their not even laying, it's not going to hurt them is it?!?!?!?!

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  7. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    No the grit will only help, not hurt and they are plenty old enough to not have any kidney damage issues because of excess calcium.
     

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