Do I have to bake the shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sovia, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. sovia

    sovia Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Black Hills of SD
    Until now, I have just left the eggshells sitting in a bowl and, when they are pretty dry, I have crushed them. Is it really necessary to bake the shells before I feed them to the hens?[​IMG]
  2. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    I do wait til they're nice and dried out but I don't cook em. No probs.
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    As long as they are good and dry it's no problem.
  4. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i just take the days shells and put them aside. the next day, i smash them up in the middle of food.
  5. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    It's my understanding that you don't have to bake them, but the less they resemble the original egg shell the better. Otherwise the hens may associate the shells with something tasty and then you end up with a bunch of egg eaters.
  6. sovia

    sovia Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Black Hills of SD
    Thanks for all your replies! I am so relieved to not have to bake the shells first. I have just been throwing them in the food processor with all kind of other stuff and then giving them to the hens. I love this website![​IMG]
  7. I pop them in the microwave for a few minutes just to make sure and kill off any bacteria. Dont want to take the chance of spreading bacteria from one bird to another. Its good bio security in my opinion.
  8. mfranti

    mfranti In the Brooder

    Aug 12, 2008
    salt lake city
    i let them collect next to the compost pile and and after a few days/weeks, put them in the food processor to grind.

    easy peasy!
  9. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I like to bake mine for the same reason as coffeelady3 said. The less they resemble or smell like eggs the less likely someone is to end up with egg eating chickens. I figure it's worth the extra effort... just to err on the side of caution.
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Meh - I don't bother. Just leave them on the counter until they've dried out, crush them, then add to the crumbles/pellets.

    Chickens don't have deductive reasoning. They can't look at a piece of an egg shell and logically come to the conclusion that it's related to the thing they push out daily, then make the leap to the fact that their eggs are tasty. We can make those leaps, but chickens cannot.

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