When to add oyster shell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bp11chickens, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. bp11chickens

    bp11chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls are almost 18 weeks and I will be switching them over to Dumor layer feed when they hit 18. When do you start to add oyster shell? do you mix it in with the food, or put it in a separate container?
     
  2. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, good questions! I'm posting to subscribe.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Most folks offer it in a separate bowl.
     
  4. bp11chickens

    bp11chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    When should I open up the nesting boxes? I have them closed off so they don't think of them as anything other than nesting boxes.
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Depends on the breed. If I know the pullets are likely to start laying at 20 weeks, I'll give them access at 19.5 weeks. LOL

    If they aren't likely to start until 36 weeks, there is lots and lots of time.
     

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