Anyone Grind Their Own Oyster Shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by goldtopper, May 31, 2011.

  1. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have access to as many oyster shells as I'd like. Anybody grind their own? I can't think of a machine that could handle it. Maybe a burlap bag and a mallet?
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe...we don't get too many oysters around here.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe a burlap bag and a mallet?

    A bucket and a long piece of 4 X 4 will work better, or you could even do them in a hole in the ground​
     
  4. angidee

    angidee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did it once. With a pillow case and a hammer.
    We have access to lots of oysters. It seemed like a good idea at first...
    But it stunk, it took forever, it was hard work, and it was messy. Needless to say, I happily buy mine from the feed store. :)
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:Ditto!!!
     
  6. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both from saving me from another episode of "I Can Do This Better and Cheaper". It's my wife's favorite sitcom!
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  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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  8. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might try driving over them in a burlap sack in the driveway.
    Or not.
    And buy them for a few bucks at the feedstore.
     
  9. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get a 50-lb. bag for like 6 bucks, so it wouldn't be worthwhile for me. Your mileage may vary. I'm pretty sure that my little crank grinder would handle the job if I smashed the shells up with a mallet first, but as I already use it for grinding my own feed, that would be just too much work for me.
     
  10. Sweetwater Clyde

    Sweetwater Clyde Out Of The Brooder

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    I would dig a hole in the ground and place a scoop of gravel down there and a good size round from a tough tree (Oak or whatever). If the top of the stump were about a foot deep or so that would seem about right. Then I would take my steel tamping rod and crush the shells down on top of the stump in the hole add more, scoop them out with a shovel into a can as needed. A modern version of a mortise and pestle.
     

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