Coral instead of oyster shell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dr.Doorlock, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oct 21, 2008
    Garland, Texas
    I even Googled this one, but found nothing to help. Today when I bough the girl's feed, I also asked for oyter shell. The people I trust most at the feed store told me they had coral. Please let me know if any of you have tried both and if you have a preference.

    Has anyone looked into the possibility of us contributing to the loss of coral reefs? I don't want any part of this unless it's harvested from DEAD reefs.
     
  2. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    that was going to be my only input - to not buy it if it's not somehow sustainably harvested. I would honestly stay away from buyinf coral products in general, because they are generally not environmentally friendly. Coral takes forever to grow and is not really available for sustainable harvest.
     
  3. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    Quote:i agree.....
     
  4. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Here are a couple pages that discuss how the coral is harvested without damaging the reef. However, most sites seem to be focused on selling products as well, so they may be painting a brighter picture than what the environmentalists will paint. I suppose finding out about the coral being sold at your feed store is equally as important as looking at the industry as a whole. A couple sites mentioned that some coral products contain high quantities of sand. It didn't mention whether it was coral sand produced by the fish that eat coral or not, or whether coral sand has had all the calcium stripped by the fish.

    http://www.coralcalciumzone.com/harvesting-marine-coral-calcium.html
    http://www.calciumsupreme.com/site/525253/page/176176
    http://www.coralcalciummadesimple.com/seacoralcalcium.html
    http://www.coralcalcium-watchdog.com/compare.htm?gclid=CJC-7qXOxZkCFRKIxwodjBPjtg
     

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