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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by svalentine, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. svalentine

    svalentine In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    Efland NC
    Why do my hens love egg shells so much? They go wild for them. Is it wrong for them to eat them? And is something lacking in their diet that they want them so badly?

  2. real_redhead

    real_redhead Songster

    Jun 6, 2011
    Roanoke, VA
    The egg shells help replenish the calcium they need for the eggs they are laying. I always cook my egg shells in the microwave to dry them out and so they will crush up into smaller pieces.
  3. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    I just dry mine out in the sun(saves electricity) and crush them up in a coffee can with a couple golf ball sized rocks inside then mixed into the feed or free choice and sprinkle some on the ground. Thats total recycling. I have come to realize they love pretty much anything that is edible.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  4. svalentine

    svalentine In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    Efland NC
    I don't dry them at all. I do break them up a bit. But only because there are 11 chickens and only 4 eggs. So that is 8 halves after I use them. So I have to make sure there are enough to go around. LOL
    It is true. They seem to love most everything that isn't their layer pellets. But some things more than others. Like rice.
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    If they are laying, they are lacking calcium, try some oyster shell on the side...
    Its fine, if they eat it, give it to them...
  6. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Egg shells are good for them. We use them as a calcium supplement, just add them to their daily snack. Just be sure they are crushed small enough that they are not recognizable as egg shells Bok.
  7. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Songster

    Aug 25, 2010
    Land of the Rain
    I let my egg shells dry out a spell and then crush them and mix it all back in with food scraps I'm going to toss out to them. It's just extra calcium and if you ever hatch eggs, you'll discover the hens will eat the egg shell much like many wild animals eat their own afterbirth. It keeps it from attracting predators and it gives much needed nutrients. The more egg shell you can give them, the less store bought calcium you'll need to buy.... (although you'll probably still need to buy some!)

  8. kiweed

    kiweed Songster

    May 9, 2011
    Murfreesboro TN
    I microwave them, crush em and toss em in the run. They ignore them at first but end up gone in a few hours.
  9. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Every morning we eat eggs, and every morning we throw out all the egg shells for the chickens.
    They love 'em!
    I usually step on 'em to crush them a bit so they don't look like eggs, but sometimes they grab the shells before I have a chance to crush them.

  10. so lucky

    so lucky Songster

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    I put some egg shells in the microwave to dry out but left them in a bit too long. Have you ever smelled burning egg shells? Our kitchen smelled like Auschwitz for a week.

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