Must whole oyster shells be crushed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MammaHen, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. MammaHen

    MammaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get my oyster shells whole from the oyster company in town. Must I set to the oyster shells with a 4 pound hammer or leave as is and let them peck at them?
     
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  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    They can't very well eat them whole [​IMG] and are not going to have much success picking them apart. Even seagulls *drop* shells to break them [​IMG] Whack 'em to bits with a sledge; if you fold them up in some fabric or put them in an old pillowcase before whacking them, you will not lose the pieces [​IMG]

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  3. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats what i do! old pillow cases work the best....dont even try plastic bags...that was a mess! [​IMG]
     
  4. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We throw little neck clam shells into our dry wash, the chickens pick them up and carry them all over. Over time they break down, and they never seem to tire of pecking at them. If you are planning on them as a source of calcium, however, I'd crush them up.
     
  5. agirly4chicks

    agirly4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perfect [​IMG] We just had friends over this past weekend and had 17 dozen oysters. I know what I will be sewing this weekend...a big pillow case.
     
  6. MammaHen

    MammaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys.. ok so maybe Im a little dim - thought they could peck away at the flaky bits.. [​IMG]

    Thanks all xx
     
  7. zelica

    zelica Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh yay thanks for asking this one and all the answeres posted its time to make a beach run for oyster shells.[​IMG]
     

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