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Another eggshell question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BBQJOE, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been saving eggshells for months now in anticipation of my birds starting to lay.
    My questions are as follows:
    Do you leave them constant access to them, and if so, what do you feed them out of?
    Or, do you mix it in with their food?
    Or what?

    Edjumacate me please.
     
  2. nyrunner

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    Make sure you bake the egg shells first and then you can just put it in a small container and they will know when they need some and will eat it.
     
  3. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read about baking them, and I've also read that it isn't necessary if they're crushed up pretty fine.
     
  4. nyrunner

    nyrunner Out Of The Brooder

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    The reason I was told to bake them was it alters the taste of them and they won't start eating there own eggs as a result
     
  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that too.
     
  6. barneveldrerman

    barneveldrerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would bake it to be safe. I have fed them non baked egg shells and they loved it. I also had no egg eating like they said I would have. I would feed it seperately in a dish or small container.


    Hope this helped and that you have a great time with your chickens!!!
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    I have no issues with chickens eating eggs. I save my shells till I have a bowl full. When I go out to feed, I grab the bowl and take it out with me. toss those shells on the ground, stomp them a couple of times with my boot, and the job is done. No baking, no crushing to get them extra fine. IMO, egg eating is a seasonal, sporadic issue most often associated with the occasional thin shelled egg, or occurring late winter.
     
  8. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting. I think I had some egg eaters years ago with a previous flock before I gave them away. I will pay closer attention with this flock as far as this problem hopefully doesn't happen.
     
  9. 0die

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    I set mine outside to dry...then just grab them, go over to the run area and mash them in my hand and scatter on ground.
     
  10. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

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