When should I Start feeding Oyster Shell ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hcammack, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I was woundering when I should start providing oyster shell my birds are 6 weeks old now?

    Henry
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Not until they start laying. The excess calcium can be harmful to their systems if given too early. They don't need it until they start to lay eggs
     
  3. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Also after they start laying, check your layer food and see if it has any calcium included in the layer food. If it's already in your layer food and your chicken's egg shells are hard enough, you may not need to offer extra. My layer food has calcium included and our egg shelss are very hard without offering osyter shell.
     
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    If they free range a lot, or you give them lots of treats, you will need to suppliment their calcium even if it's in their food.
     
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    ok I will check the feed label they wont be laying for a while and they do freerange and get treats.

    Henry
     
  6. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Quote:Thanks LoneCowboy! I was under the impression that it could be offered free choice after they start laying only if their egg shells were thin. Our egg shells are nice and hard, so I haven't offered it to them free choice. I just assumed they were getting what they needed from their layer crumbles.
     

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