Can i feed egg shells to my chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by miron28, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was told i could give the shells to my chickens it is good for them. is that true and what do i need to do to them frist or should i just throw them in to the coop and let them just pick at them? [​IMG]
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sure you can! You just need to bake them first, so you don't encourage any bad egg eating habits, then smash them up and give them to the chickens. [​IMG]
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    yes, you can feed them back. They are a good source of calcium (but they do not take the place of oyster shell). First, you need to make sure they are dry. I put mine in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Then, you need to break them into small pieces so they do not resemble an egg. Otherwise, they may get the idea that it's okay to eat eggs, and you DO NOT want that! I put mine in a gallon ziploc bag, and when it's full, I rollerpin them to break them up. They'll love them! Some folks just add them to the oyster shell they give free-choice, others put it in their feed dishes. Do whatever works for you!
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I don't even bake mine. Just rinse them and let them dry well and then crush them up so they don't look at all like an eggshell.
     
  5. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do i need to put them in a separate dish? or just throw them on the ground
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I just toss them on the ground.....they think they're a great treat!
     
  8. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    I just wash mine, air dry, crush them up and sprinkle it on the feed.
     
  9. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:this sounds little easier lol. last time i tried to use the oven well it never made it to the oven i tried making something for my wife and i used the blender, i turned it on high and forgot to put the top on and there was chocolate all over the kitchen! so my wife says i am not aloud in the kitchen anymore [​IMG]
     
  10. I usually have a little scrambled egg left, and cook them in the skillet. They love them! Also good for calcium.
     

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