Do hens eat the shells after their chicks hatch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by limabean, May 21, 2011.

  1. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hens were happy to eat the shells.. in a couple of instances I saw her push the shell out of the nest box and other chickens were happy to eat them too.
     
  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine don't.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine do. I guess they are individuals in this, too.
     
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Maybe it depends on the hen, or on how long she's been clamped on the nest waiting for her chicks to hatch and how hungry she is. I've seen mine eating the membranes out from the inside, I figured it was God's plan to give her nourishment while she was stuck on the nest. Others may be hungry enough to eat the shells too.
     
  6. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have one hen that hatched out 10 chicks. She did not eat the shells.
     
  7. kudzu vine

    kudzu vine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I save all my shells, put them in a low degree oven, like when I take something out I've been baking, to sterilize. Then I put in bag and go to town with my rolling pin. I sprinkle on their food. It sure makes a difference in the hardness of the shells.
     

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