Okay, I’ll admit it.
I HATE oysters. Really, I can’t stand them.
I think I’m the only person in New England who would rather pass on the Thanksgiving dinner than eat a turkey filled with oyster stuffing.
Oh I get it, the pilgrims were starving, they needed protein and food, and one day someone found one of these sea slugs and said “hmm, I’ll bet if I eat it, I might not die of starvation.”
I get it, really I do.
But I still hate oysters.
The only good oyster, in my opinion, is an empty oyster’s shell which has been chopped up and mixed in with chicken feed.
Because as much as I hate oysters, our chickens love them. (well, the shells anyway.)
Oyster shells are a great natural and cheap way to give your egg laying hens a boost of calcium. At our house we mix a 5 pound bag of chopped up oyster shells into a 50 pound bag of feed. It’s enough to make our eggs strong but not so much that we get calcium lumps.
So while I’ll continue to feed our chickens oyster shells, and while I’ll even occasionally steam oysters in butter, wine, and garlic for the kids (who for the record, love them) let’s just say that you’ll not see me slurping on those filled pods of mucous anytime soon.
I’ll be sticking with my classic bread, celery, onion, and garlic stuffing for our Thanksgiving dinners, thank you very much.