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How do you grind your own oyster shells for chickens?????

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Hello, I live in south Alabama and have access to LOTS of oyster shells.......  I have them in my yard from cleaning fresh oysters.....  Can I crush them for my chickens?

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You'd need a heavy duty grinder.  Probably a little expensive.  Possibly more so than just buying bags of already ground oyster shell considering how little most flocks use.  I imagine it's also a very messy process.  My attempts to break up oyster shell into smaller pieces for quail resulted in white dust everywhere.

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Could you put it in the driveway and drive over it?  Then sweep up the bits?

What's redneck elsewhere is "green" in Oregon.

1 husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, 3 goats, 59 chicks, 22? assorted hens, 1 stupid rooster, a rooster in waiting, 3 Khaki Campbell ducks, no partridge, and no pear tree.  This is what happens when you deny your children pet birds.
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What's redneck elsewhere is "green" in Oregon.

1 husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, 3 goats, 59 chicks, 22? assorted hens, 1 stupid rooster, a rooster in waiting, 3 Khaki Campbell ducks, no partridge, and no pear tree.  This is what happens when you deny your children pet birds.
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I have done a few handfuls worth in a mortar and pestle. It's enough work that I don't think I would do it all the time but certainly not impossible.

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Wash them thoroughly to remove any excess salt, put them in a heavy bag, such as burlap, and pound it with a metal mallet.  Not to hard so you tear the bag or make powder. Just enough to crush them finely.

UGCM

I have it on the inside scoop that the chicken came first via priority mail and the egg arrived about 20 weeks later.  Mystery solved!

Hiding out in suburbia with 1 Red Star, 7 Black Stars, 3 Barred Rocks, 1 Buff Rock, 2 Black Australorps and 1 somewhat tolerant wife.
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I have it on the inside scoop that the chicken came first via priority mail and the egg arrived about 20 weeks later.  Mystery solved!

Hiding out in suburbia with 1 Red Star, 7 Black Stars, 3 Barred Rocks, 1 Buff Rock, 2 Black Australorps and 1 somewhat tolerant wife.
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