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Yogurt providing enough calcium?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by weedemnreap, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. weedemnreap

    weedemnreap Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I've been lurking and learning for several months now. Thanks for all the great info! I can't even imagine not having the girls around now- what fun they are!!!

    I have 4 pullets, 1 of which started laying a few weeks ago (Millie, a beautiful black australorp). I haven't been giving them oyster shell since they weren't laying but do give them homemade raw milk yogurt regularly which they gobble up. They also free range most of the day in the yard.

    Millie's eggs have been small but incredibly hard shelled (and very consistent) so I'm guessing she's getting enough calcium but want to make sure. Any thoughts? Thanks!
     
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I would go get some oyster shell anyway, just in case. The many problems one can develop without enough calcium are horrible and it wouldn't be worth it to take the risk. If they have a little saucer of it offered and never take any, at least you know you made the option available.

    Another thing you can do is to use the leftover eggshells from your kitchen use. Simply toss them into a container until you have a good number, and then bake them for a few minutes next time you have the oven on. From there, I put mine in a big bowl and use the bottom of a glass to crush them up, and I offer them in a plant saucer, free choice.

    Most of the time they eat them all up.

    It's an excellent source of calcium and they won't get egg-eating habits from that manner of serving them.
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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  4. weedemnreap

    weedemnreap Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks very much. Glad to be here!

    I'll offer oyster shell and keep feeding them yogurt as well since it's good for them aside from the calcium aspect.
     
  5. Mrs.ChickChick

    Mrs.ChickChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are so fortunate having a source of raw milk! I'm jealous!
     
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    weedemnreap Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, I am so grateful! It's the only certified raw dairy in Idaho and they are good friends to boot. The milk is WONDERFUL (we get grass-fed beef too). A true blessing...[​IMG]
     
  7. cmom

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    [​IMG] I agree with the other posts. I also have free choice oyster shells available for my birds. I do give them yogurt but not every day. Mine also have very hard shells. I have changed their feed to high protein recently as some of my birds have been going through a hard molt.
     
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