Eggshell uses? Lets hear what you use them for

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by jwalters, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. jwalters

    jwalters In the Brooder

    May 12, 2010
    Vinton Iowa
    Just wondering what everyone does with their egg shells? I add mine to the garden, my plants love the poo and shell combo
  2. SallyF

    SallyF Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I feed most of them back to the chickens, but have also used some in the garden. Last year I read in Mother Earth News that a mixture of coffee grounds and crushed eggshells would protect cabbage plants from cabbage worms if you mulched with it. So I dutifully did that, then started free-ranging my hens. You would have thought that I mulched the cabbage with chicken candy. First they ate the eggshells, then they scratched around all the coffee grounds, then they ate the cabbages. But at least I didn't have any cabbage worms!

    I have heard that an old-timey fertilizer was to put crushed eggshells in a bucket filled with water and use that to water houseplants. Haven't tried that one yet though.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2010
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Usually I let them dry, then I crumble them up and feed them back to the chickens.

    This year, I dried about 2 dozen shells and ground them in the blender. When I dug a hole for my tomato plants, I added about a tablespoon of powdered eggshell to the bottom of the hole. I heard the calcium is supposed to prevent blossom end rot. I'll let you know if it works.
  4. somissemilyy

    somissemilyy Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Coldwater, MS
    crush them and feed them back to chickens so they won't eat their own..
  5. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

    Jan 15, 2009
    My Coop
    I keep them intact except for a small hole (like the size of a quarter) and let my hubby wear them as "athletic supporters", you know, jock cups! HaHaHaHaHa!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. LittleChocobo

    LittleChocobo Chirping

    May 31, 2010
    Hillsboro, Oregon
    Crush the shells up a bit and sprinkle a line of shell around the bases of our plants - the slugs and snails won't crawl over the shells because they'll be cut if they do.
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Feed them back to the hens.
  8. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    I use them for the garden and chickens as well.
  9. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    dry them out, crumble them and add to the worm bins.
  10. ElioraImmanuel

    ElioraImmanuel Songster

    Jan 8, 2010
    I put ours in the composter or in the worm bins. We don't have any of our own shells, but we go through about 8-10 eggs/day in this house. Once the chix get to the laying stage, I'll probably dry, crush, feed. I'm not sure I like the idea of oyster shell...too much mercury.

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