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I had read on here that some people cook egg shells before giving them to their chickens. Is it necessary? What are the consequences? Thanks in advance

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I used to bake them, now I just dry them out and crush them up.

I live in Central Maine on a small 1 acre "farm". I have a variety of hens, both standards and bantams. I just got a small incubator and want to start hatching some eggs!
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I live in Central Maine on a small 1 acre "farm". I have a variety of hens, both standards and bantams. I just got a small incubator and want to start hatching some eggs!
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Thanks, I have been just crushing them up and giving them to the chickens. I never thought twice about it until I read that somebody baked them and another nuked them.

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that was me that said I nuked them and that was only to dry them up. thumbsup

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I zap them in the micro as well to eliminate any microbes (thought that was kind of poetic)--- put them in with water to boil.    They break up more easily, and all the whites are solid so the crushing is neater.  It is purely optional.

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"Was dich nicht umwirft, macht dich starker"   "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."-Friedrich Nietzsche 

In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it. - Pasternak

 

BYC page:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickats-page

BYC blog of sorts  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/jottings-ii

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Great, Thanks for the input

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Dry them if you want to, but they air dry just fine in a few days anyhow.  As for fear of bacteria, etc, anyone who actually has chickens knows that the chicken's world is filled with bacteria, that they eat worms, bugs, mice, dig through cow pies for maggots and most anything else. Just sayin'. So, whatever might be on that dried shell is probably the least of anyone's worries.big_smilebig_smile

 

 

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