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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by new2chickens, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. new2chickens

    new2chickens Songster

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    We had some scratch that we were given with the chickens that we fed yesterday...so I went to the store this morning and bought some Layer 16% protein. I got it from Tractor Supply, it is Dumor brand. Anyone use this? Also where can I buy Oyster Shells for the hens...they don't carry it at Tractor Supply.

    Sarah
     

  2. Gersbud

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    Hello,

    I do use Dumour 16% layer from Tractor Supply. I have also purchased oyster shell from Tractor Supply. It is usually right next to the Grit:yiipchick:)
     
  3. new2chickens

    new2chickens Songster

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    I will have to look again! I didn't see it!

    Sarah
     
  4. CUDA

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    If you are using a laying mesh, you don't need to feed oyster shells. I find it better to feed your fowl a finisher type mesh, and leave oyster shells out for the hens. Too much calcium can be bad for roosters. TSC does sell oyster shells though, in small and large bags.
     
  5. RubberChickenLubber

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    An alternative to oyster shell is to feed the egg shells back to the hens. Plus it's free!!
     
  6. Luke74

    Luke74 In the Brooder

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    Eggs shells are free! BUT you have to crush them up to a small size to prevent them from looking anything like egg shell for obvious reason. I've heard some bake them after washing them. I have no idea at what temp or how long, but sounds good. LOL!
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
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    You can microwave the egg shells on High for one minute, let them cool a bit, then grind them up in a food processor. I mix mine in cooked old fashioned oatmeal and feed it to my laying hens. You can also add plain probiotic yogurt to the mixture. YUMMY! My hens get this treat once a week. The rooster and pullet get some, too, without the eggshells.
     

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