Is this real oyster shell??? pics!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bald k9, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. bald k9

    bald k9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is this oyster shell it doesnt list it in the ingredients? [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure looks like it. Feed it in moderation--mine goes in a separate feeder so they can get to it as needed.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Looks like crushed and ground up shell that people can use to directly mix into feed mixes. There is also a variety of just crushed shell that is a flake style.
     
  4. bald k9

    bald k9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks ,I guess i was expecting it to look different, [more like shell lol] Thanks guys ,
     
  5. Keens2050

    Keens2050 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, that's it. We just got some for our 4-month old hens as well. You have to remember they have to eat it that's why it's crushed so finely. They don't have molars![​IMG]
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    If it said "oyster shell" then legally the shells could ONLY be from oysters, when reality is all mollusk shells are calcium carbonate, and that's the only thing that matters
     
  7. dragonchick

    dragonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed it says Silica Quartz is added in the mix along with the Calcium Carbonate. Is silica really safe for the chickies?
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:The concentration is probably so low it won't do anything. My best bet is that it is there to prevent the calcium carbonate (esentially ground up shells) from becoming one big brick of shells. It's an anti-caking agent.
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I noticed it says Silica Quartz is added

    I'm not so sure it's "added"
    The bag says "contains", and if you think about it, "Silica Quartz" would just be SAND
    It's probably just what they couldn't wash out of the shells​
     

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