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CAN YOU FEED CHICKENS EGG SHELLS????

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i have read on here and other places that you can give the chickens egg shell for calcium for stronger eggs and to try to stop the roos egg eating for lack of calcium is this true? i have some white egg sell already made into powder and ready to give them just want to make sure 1st.


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Do a search on it to make sure but I have heard this too.

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I get the backyard chicken magazine each month and it said it was a hugh No No to feed them egg shells.  It promotes egg eating by the hens.  Just give them free choice oyster shell, which has the calcuim they need to make hard shells on the eggs.  You can buy it any feed store or tractor supply store.

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I do feed mine shells, but they are baked to make them really easy to crumble, then crumbled up into tiny pieces so the hens do not know they are even eggs. I've done this for years with no egg eating issues. Roosters don't need all that calcium so that's probably not why he's eating the eggs. He got into a bad habit and that one is almost impossible to break.

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I do feed mine shells, but they are baked to make them really easy to crumble, then crumbled up into tiny pieces so the hens do not know they are even eggs. I've done this for years with no egg eating issues. Roosters don't need all that calcium so that's probably not why he's eating the eggs. He got into a bad habit and that one is almost impossible to break.


ughhhhh i cant take it i guess ima have to go out there every 5 mins to make sure... but i have an ultimate chopper and ive chopped the into a verrrrry fine powder and will give it to them, i put the golf balls in there and he pecked at it about 3 times and then quit so im wondering will he get over it if i leave them in there

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post #6 of 43

I put my egg shells in a bowl under my sink.  When I have a good amount, I just crush them and put them in with the feed.  No egg-eaters yet.  I think it's 100% unnecessary to cook, wash, dry, or do anything except crush the egg shells. 

Chickens do not have deductive reasoning.  They do not look at an egg shell and equate it with with what is in the nesting box.

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ok ill do just that.

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I do feed mine shells, but they are baked to make them really easy to crumble, then crumbled up into tiny pieces so the hens do not know they are even eggs. I've done this for years with no egg eating issues. Roosters don't need all that calcium so that's probably not why he's eating the eggs. He got into a bad habit and that one is almost impossible to break.


My father did this also, plus they turn brown, He never had trouble with egg eating chickens.

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I do feed mine shells, but they are baked to make them really easy to crumble, then crumbled up into tiny pieces so the hens do not know they are even eggs. I've done this for years with no egg eating issues. Roosters don't need all that calcium so that's probably not why he's eating the eggs. He got into a bad habit and that one is almost impossible to break.


My father did this also, plus they turn brown, He never had trouble with egg eating chickens.


ok heres another question yesterday i powdered 4 shell and gave it to 2 chickens. how often can i do this? how much is too much?

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post #10 of 43

They'll eat what they need.  It's OK. I mix into the feed & forget it.

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