Crushed Oyster shells

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BMO, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. BMO

    BMO Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2009
    New to Chickens. Completed the coop, going with the Deep Litter method.mSEnt wife down to buy some DE. She came back with crushed oyster shells. She was told it works better.
    Is this true? and what do I do with the shells ?
  2. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Welcome! Oyster shells are given to hens to keep the shells nice and firm. You can give it to them free choice or mix it into their feed if you have picky chickens like mine and they won't eat it free choice. If yours aren't laying yet, hold off on giving it to them until they do.
  3. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2010
    Quote:DE is for bedding and helping with worms and parasites, smells and stuff.

    Oyster shell is a calcium suplement for strong egg shells and to keep the hens from becomeing deficient.

    i'm new too - been doing alot of reading!
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2010
  4. KandJsmama

    KandJsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think the feed store misunderstood what she needed it for. Some threads cover DE as a dietary supplement but I have never seen oyster shells used for bedding. I think they thought you were going to feed it to the chickens for calcium.
  5. BMO

    BMO Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2009
    Thanks for the responses.
    I had given my wife a list of things we needed, never explained to her why we needed them.Not knowing my intentions for the DE, now I understand what happened.

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