Gary Davison - 12,000 bird house
Gary says I started to use Flint Grit at approx 35 to 40 weeks and continued for 2 months. Due to the poor quality of shell I was advised to move to Oyster Shell and after approx 6 weeks I stopped using it due to the high cost involved. I then switched to Limestone Chip and after using it for 1 month I had to stop as the egg shells were starting to turn white. The following month I used nothing. At first the quality of the egg shells remained good but in time dropped and the hens started to eat their own eggs. On the advice of other producers I decided to try Geo Poultry Grit and found that after 2 weeks the quality of the egg shells stabilized.
I have decided to use Geo Poultry Grit from an early point with my next crop.
Local Egg Producer 8,000 bird house
We asked a local egg producer about her experience of using Geo- Poultry Grit
She said My hens were producing eggs with shells that were pale in colour and with a high level of cracks. At approx 55 weeks I started to use Geo- Poultry Grit and fed
1 x 25Kg bag per day for the first week and found that after 2-3 days that there was a noticeable improvement in the quality of the shells because they had improved in colour and the number of cracked shells were greatly reduced. I continued to use the grit but at a reduced rate of 1x 25Kg bag every 2 days. I now use Geo- Poultry Grit from the start of the laying cycle to off-set these problems. I feel it is a very cost effective way of achieve a good quality shell.
Rodney Fullerton 12,000 bird house
He says After 50 weeks I experienced pale shells and feather loss. I started to use Geo Poultry Grit the shells improved in colour and quality and remained good throughout the remainder of the cycle. I did notice towards the end of the laying cycle that the feather started to re-appear. I now start using Geo-Poultry Grit at the 25 week stage.
Jonathan Cunningham 6,000 bird house
He says I started feeding Geo Poultry Grit to my hens from the start of the laying cycle. The hens were keen to feed on the grit from the start. I am very pleased with the quality and quantity of the eggs.
Two weeks before the end of the laying cycle (70 weeks) I had a Freedom Foods Audit. The auditor commented on the health and wellbeing of the hens. He particularly remarked to his colleague on the quality and appearance of the feathers saying that he had seen poorer feather cover at 40-50 weeks. He also commented on the shell quality and colour.
Second highest in the entire group at 323 eggs per bird at 72 weeks
Overall rejects - 2.11%
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present, however he expects to see even better results with this batch. As
the quality and quantity of eggs produced remained high he was able to
retain them for a longer period, but was obliged to finish
this crop at 76 weeks as he was due to re-stock.