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Egg shell membranes

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jsnook, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. jsnook

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    Anyone found a way to simply and effectively remove the inner membrane form used egg shells?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    Do you mean for feeding back to chickens?

    Baking them dries them out.
     
  3. jsnook

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    Thanks. Yes for feeding back to the chickens. Also read that add salt to the inner egg shell surface and in 24 hours the membrane will dry out.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

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    But that would add salt to the diet wouldn't it?
     
  5. jsnook

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    Good point. Perhaps a hot wash after the 24 hours would eliminate salt, or would the salt have been absorbed by the shell? I think its beginning to sound risky.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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    I really think you're overthinking this.
    Just bake or microwave the eggs and feed them back (crushed up).
    The membrane isn't a problem. There's probably some protein in it.
     
  7. jsnook

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    You are right. I quit. Baking it is.
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

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    What makes up your flock? Do you also offer oyster shell or is the intention to give egg shells as an additional calcium source? What are you feeding?
     
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  9. jsnook

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    We are new to caring for chickens and have just started to prepare for their arrival. I have been reading several books about care and feeding of the chickens and read about utilizing the shells as a calcium supplement, not a replacement for other feeds. As a retired engineer I always want to research stuff and this was one of those times. Thanks for your input and I will take your advice.
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

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    Good for you to research thoroughly before jumping in.
    You probably have a long time to wait before you need to worry about this.
    Are you getting chicks, started pullets or mature hens?
     

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