Real oyster shells and crab shells from xmas dinner--can I use these?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by firsthouse_mp, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. firsthouse_mp

    firsthouse_mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband saved all the oyster shells and the body shells from the crabs that we ate for Christmas dinner. I have three dozen oyster shells and 6 crab shells. If I put the oysters in a fabric bag and send my 9 year old little guy out with a hammer, do you think my hens will eat this crushed shell?? [​IMG] This sounds like I could be both "recycling" and creating a FUN project for my son (a hammer is a boy's best friend right?)

    What about the crab shells...anyone ever fed those to a hen? [​IMG]
     
  2. Turkeyrangler

    Turkeyrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see why not as long as they have been heated enough to destroy any bacteria that might be present.
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would absolutely do just that, with both the oyster shell and crab shell. [​IMG]
     
  4. tom e

    tom e Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd put that crab shell in a strong blender with a little water to keep things moving. Just long enough for bite sized pieces, then strain. In fact I will from now on, thanks for the idea!
     
  5. firsthouse_mp

    firsthouse_mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh good! I do like the hint to try and sterilize them too--maybe I will put them in a quick dip of boiling water for 5 min. Thanks everyone!
     
  6. kannna

    kannna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I crush up quahog (it's a clam) shells on the patio with a hammer and they eat the little pieces when they are out in the yard. I do give em a quick scrub with a brush in the sink to get any xtra salt off. [​IMG]
     

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