Oyster Shell Shortage
Edit: We currently have an Oyster Shell Alternative in our store while we wait for this shortage to end. If your girls need a great source of calcium, click here to purchase today!
The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have set off a series of events that has led to a severe national shortage of Oyster Shell.
We'll go through the reasons why these events have left us with no stock of Oyster Shell & when we might be able to sell it again.
The pandemic caused people to stay home & take care of their yards more, which led to a huge uptick in Oyster Shell orders for landscaping projects.
Many restaurants closed due to their doors being shut for so long, as well as people not being able to go out to eat, which meant that the demand for Oyster Shell dwindled.
One of the biggest manufacturers of Oyster Shell has been struggling to renew their dredging permits to produce Oyster Shell.
"Lind Marine’s affiliated company, Lind Tug and Barge, is continuing to work on renewing permits to dredge the oyster shell that is the basic resource that makes up our shell products. As you can imagine, this is a complex and arduous regulatory process that involves several State and Federal agencies. Our efforts the past few months have resulted in clarity of the required path to completion, and we continue to make progress on that path, but the process is taking longer than anticipated to navigate."
Lind Marine estimates that they will have their permits fully renewed by September, which means that Oyster Shell could be back on the shelves by the end of 2021.
The Oysters Themselves
Due to an unnaturally warm last 9-12 months, Oysters on the East Coast have not grown how they should, and many have died as ocean temperatures continue to rise.
Shellfish growing efforts in many towns were abandoned due to social distancing guidelines, which could lead to a loss of up to 1 million oysters in the Upper Cape alone.
It is hard to say when we will have Oyster Shell back in stock, as many factors go into it, especially given the growing concerns about the Delta Variant of the Coronavirus.
With that being said, we are hoping to have Oyster Shell available on our site by the end of 2021.
During this time, we continue to produce the best, most nutritious feed available to give your flock what they need!
Above all, we are committed to creating quality feed that produces healthier chickens and eggcellent results!
If you'd like to learn more about the Oyster Shell shortage, check out the links below:
Oyster Shell Recycling Program Impacted By Pandemic
Major shortage of empty oyster shells on the eastern shore