How do you grind your own oyster shells for chickens?????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sunnysouth4u, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. sunnysouth4u

    sunnysouth4u Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I live in south Alabama and have access to LOTS of oyster shells....... I have them in my yard from cleaning fresh oysters..... Can I crush them for my chickens?
     
  2. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    You'd need a heavy duty grinder. Probably a little expensive. Possibly more so than just buying bags of already ground oyster shell considering how little most flocks use. I imagine it's also a very messy process. My attempts to break up oyster shell into smaller pieces for quail resulted in white dust everywhere.
     
  3. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

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    Could you put it in the driveway and drive over it? Then sweep up the bits?
     
  4. SaltLakeSpice

    SaltLakeSpice Chicken Tender

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    I have done a few handfuls worth in a mortar and pestle. It's enough work that I don't think I would do it all the time but certainly not impossible.
     
  5. underground chickenman

    underground chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wash them thoroughly to remove any excess salt, put them in a heavy bag, such as burlap, and pound it with a metal mallet. Not to hard so you tear the bag or make powder. Just enough to crush them finely.

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