Whole oyster shells ok for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by southernsibe, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. southernsibe

    southernsibe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it ok to give whole oyster shells to the birds? They have pecked what was left of the oyster out. Do the shells have to be cracked up?
    Thanks
    Rachel
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Yes, they have to be ground up into small pieces.
     
  3. southernsibe

    southernsibe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have any ideas how to go from whole oyster shells to pieces?
    Rachel
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Large mill? No idea, but they shells would be good as a side supplement in it's own dish if they could swallow pieces of it.
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Put them in a bag. Take a good hammer and a rock or extra cinder block or something else solid like that (not your concrete driveway unless you don't mind chips out in the concrete)

    Color a picture of your most irritating individual on the bag.

    Now, smash smash smash with the hammer. Good exercise for you, maybe even some good agression therapy....AND nice small pieces of shell for your chickens...

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  6. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    dont think about me or you will have oyster shell dust. [​IMG]
     
  7. Gonzo the Great

    Gonzo the Great Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've used that technique on several accounts and seems to work great!
     
  8. countryentertainment

    countryentertainment Out Of The Brooder

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    or you could go to the feed store and ask for a bag of crushed oyster shells for you chickens. Or throw them in the driveway and run over them when you come and go with the car. There are some things not worth the time you spend doing them, or only worth doing once to say you did it, this sounds like one of those things to me!
     
  9. Gonzo the Great

    Gonzo the Great Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Better yet! Toss them onto a heavily traveled road and then wait an hour. Of course, you risk the addition of steel belted radial residue to your hen's diet! [​IMG]
     
  10. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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