can I recycle egg shells to the flock?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by L*A*G*, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    Can I give my chickens crushed egg shells or does it hurt them?
    oh and my chickens fav food is fresh sweet potatoe peeling with corn sprinkles and when they eat it they just swallow no matter
    how big it is. Is that bad for them? can they really digest that [​IMG] ? And it would also b helpful to tell me what kinds and
    how do u feed table scraps to your chickens. [​IMG]
    Larra
     
  2. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Ontario
    Hello
    First of all welcome to BYC
    Yes you can use the eggs shells ...either put them in the mirco wave or oven to dry them....but watch because they will burn fast and your place will stink !!

    I have heard that raw potato skins are not good for chickens....so I am not sure about sweet potatos ...maybe someone else can help...if you look in the feeding chicken section they have a feed chart for chickens...whats good and whats not......really useful....

    As for treats....I tend to spoil my chickens...you can just throw it on the ground and they'll eat it...or you can put it in there own special dish .I tend to make special dishes for the hens that are on the bottom of the pecking order...now that it winter and they dont come out usually on a terrible day so I put their treats in a container in the coop..
    Hope that helps
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    LAG, if you look at the top of the feeding & watering your flock category you'll see a "sticky" authored by buff hooligans with lots of good information on feeding table scraps.
     
  4. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    Thanks I'll check that out. [​IMG] oh my chickens also like any potatoe peeling. [​IMG]
     
  5. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the recycled egg shells are good for your chickens, I don't know about the potato peelings,My chickens are free range, there in the pasture with my goats and thats where I put most of my table scraps, and its never hurt any of mine.
     
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I put mine in an open plastic container to dry. When the container gets full, I crush them into bits and throw some in with the chooks' feed.

    My eggs so far have had nice, hard shells. Of course, I've only got 1 layer (and 3 moochers), but that's beside the point!
     
  7. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rinse my shells in warm water and pop the air bubble inside and then let them air dry and I keep them in a bag. Then in the morning I take about 2 eggs worth of shells and put them in one of those coffee bean grinders that you push the top to make it work along with about a tablespoon of flax seed and then sprinkle it in the people food I give my brood in the a.m.! [​IMG]
     
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Quote:By "brood" you do mean the chickens, right?!?! [​IMG]
     
  9. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mountain Home, AR
    I bake mine in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes to dry them out.......then I grind them in a coffee grinder and add it to my home made dog food. I also have given it back to the chooks ground up too. It's a wonderful source of calcium.
     
  10. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:By "brood" you do mean the chickens, right?!?! [​IMG]

    yes, of course. did you think I meant children? [​IMG]
     

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