Egg shell recycling?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by whytedragon, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. whytedragon

    whytedragon Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    Floresville, Texas
    I figured this should be under egg laying since it has to do with that, but feel free to move it if need be.

    I just recently got my laying hens, 3 are a year old, and 2 I am not sure.

    Anyway, I was given some oyster shells to grind up, but I'm running out. I'm not sure where to get them now.

    I've been using ground up egg shells for my girls, is this acceptable for calcium, or do they really need the oyster shells?
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I crush and throw the shells back out to the girls, but I also keep oyster shell out for them. You an get oyster shell at any farm or feed store.
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I bought a bag once and they sell them in huge bags! [​IMG] It lasted forever and then I never bought another.

    Mine free range, so they get green leafy things for calcium and their laying mash has added calcium, so I don't bother anymore. Their shells are very thick.

    I recycle shells because it's a shame to throw them away. I just save them, put them in a walmart bag and crush them fine, sprinkle them back into their feed.
  4. whytedragon

    whytedragon Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    Floresville, Texas
    Oh wow, and here I am thinking I'm doing something horribly wrong with my hens, lol.
    That's one of the things I love about this forum, no one throws you on the chopping block when you're not doing something "the right way" other forums would be. lol.

    I've been saving all of the egg shells and sprinkle them out daily for my hens. I will definitely ask at the feed store though for some oyster they usually come ground, or do I need to grind them? (that's quite a chore)
  5. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    My feed store sells them in large and small bags, ready to feed.

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