Shrimp shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SewingMom2many, May 6, 2011.

  1. SewingMom2many

    SewingMom2many New Egg

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    I'm really new to chickens and trying to figure all of this out [​IMG]
    I was just about to throw away the peels (shells? not sure of the proper name lol) from shrimp but then I wondered if that would be something that is ok to give my chickens?
    I can't find the answer in my books.
    Thanks!
    Laura
     
  2. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    They will love you for it!
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Hi, welcome to BYC!

    I feed cooked shrimp shells to mine whenever I can, it's another source of calcium for them, and they love it.
     
  4. minichic

    minichic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gee, yet another reason to eat shrimp [​IMG]
     
  5. SewingMom2many

    SewingMom2many New Egg

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    Oh good! I'm vegetarian but my husband eats seafood so on occasion we have shrimp in the house. He will be very happy to have a reason to eat shrimp.
    Thank you for the replies!
     
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Great protein source.
     
  7. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Shrimp shells are NOT calcium, they're chitin. They will eat them, but they are not a calcium substitute.

    Clint
     
  8. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Great protein source.

    Protein to indigestible ratio is bad. They will get little protein.

    Clint​
     
  9. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Quote:Protein to indigestible ratio is bad. They will get little protein.

    Clint

    I've yet to see any come out that looked like anything other than chicken flickin's. They seem to digest them pretty well from the observable evidence.
     

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