eggshells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lizard7, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. lizard7

    lizard7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was composting eggshells from breakfast when my chicken ran over and grabbed a beak full and poceeded to gobble it down in a matter of seconds. Is this good for her? Will it make her start eating her own eggs?
     
  2. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is good for her, and I don't think chickens have the mental capacity to connect broken eggshells with what's inside whole eggs. I feed eggshells to mine and haven't had any problems, although I take the perhaps unnecessary precaution of crushing them. (I just step on them after I toss them on the ground.)
     
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    It shouldn't cause any trouble with her eating eggs. A LOT of people feed their shells back to their chickens (I am one of those) and it is a great way for them to get extra calcium. Just crush them really tiny and give them back and you won't have to worry about her stealing them. [​IMG]
     
  4. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    That's the problem- if she realizes what it really is. Many people give egg shell to their hens after making sure to crush them up very well.
     

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