Oyster Shells in Larger quantities?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CourtneyAnn, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. CourtneyAnn

    CourtneyAnn New Egg

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    Hi. I was wondering if anyone knew of a place I could buy oyster shell in larger quantities? The local feed store only sells it in 5lb bags and that's all I can find online too. I was hoping for a larger bag (maybe 25lbs?) instead of having to order 5-6 small bags a month. I normally mix some with their food but they kept knocking the container over. So I started giving it to them in a separate feeder after I read another thread about it here and they actually eat quite a bit of it. Any help would be appreciated!
     
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  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Our TSC carries 50 lb bags, which aren't that large because the stuff is heavy. I think they charge 9.99. I can get it at other feed stores also, but my local farmer/feed dealer sells it for $8.00/50lbs. Usually lasts me a year or so for 12 chickens depending on what I'm feeding.
     
  5. CourtneyAnn

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    Thank you both so much! I will look at the TSC. I looked it up online and they are not too far away! TY SOOOO much!
     
  6. CourtneyAnn

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    I meant all. Sorry.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I think you're going through way too much oyster shell a month. I got a 50lb bag from my Grange probably 2 years ago and haven't used, gosh, probably a fifth of it. I think it's going to outlive me lol.

    The hens don't need tons of shell every day, and I'd wager you're losing a lot of it. They only lay one egg a day, it's really not that much calcium. I just toss a handful or two in the run whenever I think of it, or notice thinner egg shells. I keep a flock of about 2 dozen layers, to give you an idea of how many birds that much shell is going for. I also feed egg shells back to the birds, that's free!

    I think my 50lb bag was around $8.
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: I agree, unless they have 100 chickens or more [​IMG]
     
  9. chickengeorgeto

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    Grit and shell both came in 50 pound bags when I had cage layers.

    What I do now is hang an aluminum Vienna Sausage can (they are lined so don't spaz about the aluminum) against the pen next to and 4 to 6 inches higher than the roost poles. I use two wires to suspend the cans, one at the bottom and one at the top to hold the can tight, up right, and still against the wall. I do this so the can won't swing like a pendulum and get spilled. Then before I hang the can I use the point of a 16p nail to put four evenly spaced holes around the inside bottom edge of each can to let any rain water or snow melt drain out. I use one can for grit and one can right besides it for oyster shell. It keeps the grit and oyster shell clean, dry, and available at all times. For a couple of hens and one rooster this much oyster shell and grit will last from 12 - 24 months and in some cases longer. Even at this most of the grit is spilled because every time I witnessed the grit being eaten by a hen or rooster they pecked and raked through it (especially the grit) with their bills for a couple of minute like Goldie Locks looking for a bowl of porridge that was "Just Right."

    Call feed milling companies were they make and bag the chicken feed, here is were I got my last 50# bag but the price on 50# has gone up to almost $12.
    http://www.southernstates.com/catalog/p-4688-coastal-poultry-shell-50lb.aspx

    Also check this out.
    http://compare.ebay.com/like/271275195749
     
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  10. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm inclined to agree you're using up to much depending on how big your flock is, of course. With about a dozen hens and a dozen ducks we only use a 50# bag a year, but than there's a lot of limestone in the run naturally. We buy it from the local general store, Callahan's.
     

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