Do Eggshells Have Enough Calcium????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by salt and pepper, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    hi, I was wondering if leftover eggshells fed back to the hens would be enough calcium for them? Oystershell is pretty expensive, and eggshells are free. so I would really like to be able to feed that to them instead.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012
  2. Jungleexplorer

    Jungleexplorer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lot's of folks feed eggs shells back to their chickens. Some recommend that you crush them first so your birds don't start eating their own eggs. If you are feeding your birds Layer, then they should be getting enough calcium from that, but a little extra never hurts.
     
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  3. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've always given mine shellgrit in addition to what they get in the layers pellets.
    But then I live fairly close to the beach.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    They only need "extra" if you're having problems with thin shells, but it doesn't hurt to feed them back rather than just wasting them
     
  5. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks =) I free range my chickens often, so I wasn't sure if that would affect, the balanced layer feed =) I'm glad I have a cheaper option!!
     
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  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    I get oyster shell for $8/50 lbs. and it lasts a year or more. You can pay that much for 5-10 lbs at a place like TSC. Really good insurance, but egg shells probably work too.
     
  7. Jungleexplorer

    Jungleexplorer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2. I do this too. $8 a year is well worth it considering the time I am saving not having to collect eggshells, crush them and keep containers washed everyday.
     
  8. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I see your point, I just never thought it would last that long.
     
  9. lbrtyldy

    lbrtyldy Out Of The Brooder

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    How long a bag will last will have something to do with how many chickens there are.
     
  10. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    that's true.
     

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