Egg shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lilfitz2006, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. lilfitz2006

    lilfitz2006 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a stupid question. Do you have to sanitize egg shells before you feed them back to the chickens? I have some egg shells from hard boiled eggs that have been sitting on the counter for a couple weeks. They smell kinda funny, are they still safe to feed to them?
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think you need to sanitize shells fed back to chickens, unless you notice anything strange about the shells (mold growth, etc.). Since your egg shells "smell kinda funny", I would be a little wary of feeding them back to your hens. You could just toss the shells, or bake them in an oven for 10-20 minutes. The oven heat should kill any bacteria growth on the shells.
     
  3. lilfitz2006

    lilfitz2006 Out Of The Brooder

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    If I do heat the egg shells in the oven and give them to the chickens, is there a serious risk of it potentially getting them really sick?
     
  4. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, the heat will kill any bacteria and the egg shells will provide calcium.
     
  5. lilfitz2006

    lilfitz2006 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, thank you :) is 350 high enough?
     
  6. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah! I'd do it for 10 minutes.
     
  7. lilfitz2006

    lilfitz2006 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! They got a little "toasted" is that ok?
     
  8. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah :)
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes.
     
  10. Liberator

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    I only crush the egg shells and put them right back into the feeder. I figure my chickens are out frolicking in the dirt, eating bugs, sand and dirt all day. The egg shells that I feed back to them are cleaner! I crush them by hand until they don't feel sharp and back they go, shell membrane, dried albumen and all. As you can see, the chickens don't seem to complain. I only occasionally supplement with oyster shell when I run out of egg shell. My feed has plenty of calcium, so this is above and beyond. I keep chicken husbandry as simple as possible.

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