We grow our own food in a suburban village in the North East of England. Follow us as we keep up the battle to be self-sufficient.
Monday, 5 March 2012
Giving grit to the hens
One of our hens laid a deformed egg recently. This is is:
The cause was a lack of grit in their diet. We had been giving grit to out hens but ran out for a couple of days. It seems that calcium deficiency can therefore have rapid effects. Grit doesn't just supply hens with calcium. The grit contains hard, indigestable oyster shells which held to grind up the food in a hen's digestive system.
So if you are keeping hens, make sure they have lots of grit.