Oyster Shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by modenacart, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. modenacart

    modenacart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live near the coast and there is a place to recycle shells. Could these be used to feed back to the chickens? What would need to be done to prepare the shells?
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    While I have never done this, I've read once before that you can rinse them off well, dry them well, and break into manageable pieces that the flock can handle.

    bigzio
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I've not done this either, just have commercially available shells. But I'd think that if you got some, smashed it to small size, washed and baked, they should be good to go!
     
  4. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I buy mine,but have a friend who drops his shells in a feed bag and smashes them up with a hammer.Seems to work for him. Will
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have a very tall metal container. I put the oyster shells in it and smash up the shells with a sledge hammer. The pieces come out all sizes but I try to keep even the bigger pieces small enough for my girls. They pick out what they want.
     

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