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Limestone Flour
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Hi, I know there is always mention of limestone flour when people ask questions about soft shelled eggs but how much should you give your hens? Can you give them too much? I seem to be having a lot of soft shelled/no shelled eggs at the moment & not sure who is laying what. So I bought some limestone flour & of course because its mainly for horses, the dosage listed on the tub is per horse or pony, that got me wondering how much for a chook? My initial thought was a sprinkling, perhaps a teaspoon mixed in with their treats (8 hens) would I be anywhere near right? I'm poised with my teaspoon so I hope someone can help.
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#2
You want them to eat it, so a sprinkling over something they will definately eat, you may need todampen the treat so it sticks unless it is something like tinned sweetcorn.
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#3
[quote name='Suzieq' date='07 July 2011 - 08:12 PM' timestamp='1310065924' post='238193']

You want them to eat it, so a sprinkling over something they will definately eat, you may need todampen the treat so it sticks unless it is something like tinned sweetcorn.

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Well that's what I thought, you know everyone's getting their share when it's a treat but roughly how much should each hen or a flock of 8 hens be given per day? My main worry is can I harm them by giving them too much?
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#4
Its calcium, anything the body doesn't need will be excreated, i dont think you need to be that scientific, over a period of weeks you should find an improvement in shell quality.
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#5
[quote name='Suzieq' date='07 July 2011 - 10:24 PM' timestamp='1310073864' post='238208']

Its calcium, anything the body doesn't need will be excreated, i dont think you need to be that scientific, over a period of weeks you should find an improvement in shell quality.

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Mnay Thanks Suzieq, limestone flour coated treats start tomorrow then.
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#6
i use a table spoon of cod liver oil to 1 teaspoon of flour

the oil helps it stick and helps the body absorb more calcium

i do this once a week if i get problems

seems to work for me
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#7
[quote name='57Aircooled' date='08 July 2011 - 07:23 AM' timestamp='1310106197' post='238221']

i use a table spoon of cod liver oil to 1 teaspoon of flour

the oil helps it stick and helps the body absorb more calcium

i do this once a week if i get problems

seems to work for me

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Thanks for the info. Sorry to pose yet another question .... but does the type of oil matter? Is Cod liver oil better than say Olive oil?
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#8
Needs to be CLO as olive oil doesn't have the vitamin D needed to help the calcium be absorbed and utilised in the body.
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[quote name='chickenmum' date='08 July 2011 - 09:24 AM' timestamp='1310117054' post='238234']

Needs to be CLO as olive oil doesn't have the vitamin D needed to help the calcium be absorbed and utilised in the body.

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[quote name='chickenmum' date='08 July 2011 - 10:24 AM' timestamp='1310117054' post='238234']

Needs to be CLO as olive oil doesn't have the vitamin D needed to help the calcium be absorbed and utilised in the body.

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Many Thanks Chickenmum. CLO on tomorrow's shopping list then.
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