Along with fresh water and feed, laying hens need grit and oyster shell. Grit helps digest their food correctly since chickens don’t have teeth. The grit goes in their Gizzard and stays there to grind the food. If you free range your birds, sometimes they can find enough stones and grit outside, but it’s safe to keep a container nearby to make sure they are finding enough for consumption! 👍
Oyster shell is best provided in a free choice container as well. Oyster shell is important because it aids in strong bones and strong eggshells. If a hen is lacking in calcium, they can lay soft eggs and that can be very dangerous for their health. Amazingly, hens know when they need more calcium so providing them with a free choice container is a good idea. 👍
I found these metal, rust-proof rabbit bin feeders at Orscheln Farm and Home at a reasonable price. (about $11 each) They clip onto the hardware cloth in our run. Now I only have to refill them once a week! So easy!
Blessings, Jolie 🌼