Snail shells for calcium?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pheonix, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Pheonix

    Pheonix Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2010
    San Jose, Ca
    I have a ton of snails in my backyard and was wondering (1) if they will eat them and (2) if they will eat the shells for Ca? I also used to kill the snails about a year ago with Cory's Snail Killer. Should I be worried that the poison is still in the shells and the birds might get to it? [​IMG]
  2. matimeo

    matimeo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2010
    I've been feeding my baby chicks slugs, and they seem to have got a taste for it in their mouths. They fight over them now. At first I had to cut up the slugs, because they wouldn't deal with the sliminess otherwise. You could try that and see if you could get them to acquire a taste. Not sure about the shells. I believe snail shells are made of calcium carbonate, so they should be a good source of calcium, and relatively digestible, but you'd probably have to crush them to get them to eat it. But who knows, maybe they would break it on their own.
  3. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    I am quessing here.

    But Snail killer a year ago, it should be well out of their system by now. Especially seeing you have a lot of them, now.

    If your chickens will eat them, sure thing. But I wouldn't count on their being much calciium there. I would still offer oyster shell free choice. Chickens should like the snails for the protein though.

    Hope they eat all your snails for you. I say let em loose to hunt down those pesky snails.
  4. roosters4sale

    roosters4sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    HI. I found out by reading about diseases in goats, that, snails and slugs carry a host parasites,like, lung flutes, that can make goats very ill.
  5. Pheonix

    Pheonix Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2010
    San Jose, Ca
    Humm. That is right. I think I remember hearing something like that. That snails are born with it in them and that it grows as they grow. I wonder if it is able to live in bird systems? More research.
  6. Samilitant

    Samilitant Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 22, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I think any bird that freeranges is going to be eating a lot of natural parasites. I know for a FACT that my chickens eat snails---Two days ago I was following one of my BR's around and she was picking at a snail. She pecked it a few times, and then down it went.
  7. DaniLovesChickens

    DaniLovesChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    My chickens would eat mice and voles too if I let them. I know that that is how my outside cats got roundworm.

    There are a lot of living "critters" that chickens eat that while they are probably not going to kill them, can give them some very dangerous parasites.
  8. Judy925

    Judy925 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2016
    Corona, CA
    If snails give chickens parasites then 'oh well.' Tweety eats them by the dozens. She LOVES her escargot. Do you have any idea how much they charge for that stuff at French restaurants?

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