Where do you put the oyster shell?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NicInNC, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    I wasn't sure if this should be in this forum or the feeding one. [​IMG]

    Our banty hen laid her first egg today. The shell was leathery...not hard at all. I have a small pile of oyster shell on the ground (just started them on it almost 2 weeks ago). Should the oyster shell be in a feeder? Mixed with their food? Or just in a small pile like I have it? I wasn't sure where to put it.
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    i think most people put it in a seperate feeder for them.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I just keep a bowl of it out for them. Those non tip dog bowls is what I use.
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I add a handful to their feed twice a day. Don't be too concerned about the egg. Sometimes that happens when they first start laying (and sometimes here and there after that). As long as it is available to them, they should be fine once the bugs in their plumbing get worked out.
  5. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    I keep it in a separate hopper. It is fine on the ground. I just think there would be more waste that way.
  6. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    YEP! [​IMG]
  7. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Songster

    Oct 2, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    First of all, hi neighbor! where in nc? We are Raleigh. We have our oyster shell in a bowl between the feeder and the waterer. The girls knock it over all the time though. We keep saying that we are going to get a "hopper" type thing like for rabbits. That way we could mount it to the coop and the little buggers couldn't flip the bowl over. I think as long as its dry and they have access 24/7, you're good.
  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    That soft shelled egg is normal for young birds and nothing to be concerned about. You could just add some in with there feed or p;rovide it in a separate feeder, either way will work. Some people just pour a pile in the center of the run and that would work also. Congratulations on your first egg.
  9. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Quote:Me, too. I use an unbreakable bowl with a wire holder hanging from the side of the pen.
  10. NicInNC

    NicInNC Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    Woah...I didn't expect so many replies so fast! Thanks y'all!

    I like the dog bowl idea. I have one of those that is not being used. [​IMG]

    To mychickensrock: I'm in a small town called Kernersville. It's right between Winston-Salem and Greensboro. [​IMG] My daughter just went on a field trip to Raleigh!

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