50# bag of oyster shell...will it go bad?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Nicole01, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hubby just called me from the store and asked what I needed for the chickens. Oyster shell is on the list, but they only have 50# bags for $11.00. I told him to pick it up. I have 3 pullets that are 17 weeks and one is getting ready to lay.

    How fast will I go through the oyster shell with eventually 8 chicks? How long is the shelf life? Is it like DE and pretty much last forever?Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  2. classicsredone

    classicsredone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, it won't go bad like feed will. Just keep it somewhere dry like you would with DE.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It'll last for millennia. And it will seem like you will have 50#s for that long.

    Imp
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you very much!
     
  5. jcatblum

    jcatblum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cement, OK
    I took a 5 gal bucket & drilled 2 holes in the bottom. Sat the bucket in a feed pan filled it up & put the lid on. Figure it will hold the later shell & feed the girls for the next year or more.
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    How long is the shelf life?

    A few million years​
     
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you get tired of it add it to your garden.
     
  8. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent for the garden but a heads up - it decreases the PH level so if you have low PH soil you might not want to add it. Tomatoes require 6-6.8 PH so test your levels before adding if you are unsure.
     
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