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Preparing oyster shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chick-e-pie, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. chick-e-pie

    chick-e-pie In the Brooder

    We live in western Washington state where oysters are plentiful. If I want to use the shells I have. What do I have to do to them to make them small enough for the hens? Can I pulverize them with a hammer or do they have to be ground fine? I'm hoping for the hammer option.......good stress relief!
  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    My bag of oysters shell are not "fine" (like sand) more coarse (like small pebbles). Think hammer should to the trick....wear some safety glasses and BAM away.
  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    I think I read that regular fresh oyster shells are not good for chickens. They need to be processed to remove some of the toxins they pick up in the ocean. [​IMG]

    Diana !!!!!!

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