How do you feed oyster shells/grit so they don't tip or poop in dish?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by amsunshine, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. amsunshine

    amsunshine Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    I have been scattering it on the "ground" lately (mine are indoors since I haven't jumped through all the legal hoops to keep them outside yet). But, I'd like to put it in a dish but am afraid they'll knock it over or poop in it. The feeders and waterers are easy, but what about the grit/oyster shell? TIA.
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I have a pile over by the tree, one over by the post on the run, one over by the corner of the coop, outside...I just leave a pile of oyster shell, too.

    I got tired of the dish thing. This is more like nature, right?
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I took a sour cream container and nailed it at an angle to a wall in the coop. They help themselves when they want it and can't tip it over.
  4. amsunshine

    amsunshine Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    Yes it is. I have one neighbor who made my life difficult when I told them I wanted chickens, so indoors for now until I present so much legal evidence for my variance that he won't have a leg to stand on...but I digress...say, you are in KS. I am engaged and will be moving there (Marion County) probably next year. My fiance is a farmer so I cannot wait! We can have all the animals we want without fear of ordinances!
  5. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    I've had pretty good luck with a metal chick feeder base with the ball jar screwed on top for weight. Didn't work for my turkeys though so I just reverted to scattering it on the ground which I agree, that's how mom nature does it! [​IMG]
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I have a concrete cinder block in the coop near the feeder, and it perfectly fits two smallish sized stainless steel "dog" bowls
    It gets a little bedding in it, but not much poop and they can't kick it over.

  7. Tuna cans screwed to the wall by the waterer; one for grit and one for the oyster shell.
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    I bought a wall hanging feeder from McMurray a number of years ago--it has two compartments, one for oyster shells and the other for grit. It is designed so the chickens can't sit on it.

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