are oyster eggs good?

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are oyster eggs good?

Postby farmerboy » 08 Oct 2014, 21:42

I have been doing some research on good things to feed laying hens. I came a across an article which explained that, giving laying hens oyster shells is a good source of calcium and worth buying. I would like to know if is this true? is it worth bothering with?? By the way I found this information from an article which was explain how to stop hens eating their eggs. (I don't have any chickens yet so I was just doing research for when I get them). :)
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Re: are oyster eggs good?

Postby subruss » 09 Oct 2014, 05:38

Yes oyster shell is a good source of calcium for your hens and for caged or penned birds its a good idea to give them some occasionally but if you have free range birds its a waste of money as they get all they need from the environment this also goes for grit which is also a waste of money if your free ranging. :thumbright:

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Re: are oyster eggs good?

Postby Hen-Gen » 09 Oct 2014, 09:51

I'd generally go along with what subruss says but with the tiny proviso that if you happen to live in the upland/moorland areas of Britain (eg Forest of Bowland) then the birds are not going to find calcium in their environment.
Having said that, layers pellets or mash have all the nutrients a hen needs but if you choose to feed grain then this could be an issue.
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Re: are oyster eggs good?

Postby kated » 09 Oct 2014, 10:59

subruss wrote:Yes oyster shell is a good source of calcium for your hens and for caged or penned birds its a good idea to give them some occasionally but if you have free range birds its a waste of money as they get all they need from the environment this also goes for grit which is also a waste of money if your free ranging. :thumbright:


I provided my free range chickens with both oyster shell and grit at all times. It was enthusiastically eaten by both chickens and geese. Though the oyster shell only went when the birds were in lay. I do not believe it is a waste of money. Oyster shell and grit is very cheap, so why not try providing them with a covered (against the rain) pot of it and see if they use it? If it's still unused after around 3 months, you have your answer.

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Re: are oyster eggs good?

Postby drfish » 09 Oct 2014, 11:59

Think it was Henwife that gave this suggestion, put a tub full in a plant pot with drain holes in, and then stick a tent peg through the bottom of the plant pot to hold it upright and peg it into the floor. That way, if they want it, it's there, if not, then it's not hurting anything sat there doing nothing and will drain freely so it doesn't dissolve in the rain. As above, for how much it costs, it's worth having some available just in case. Not to say Subruss is wrong, far from it. But most don't have the luxury of good free-range areas.
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