Eggshells????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shangri-lafarms, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone else here feed their chickens back their egg shells crumbled up mixed into their feed??? I have heard this is a good source of calcium and makes their eggshells harder when they lay, also if you feed this to them is this considered grit???? Thanks for your input
     
  2. HeadHen

    HeadHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not grit, but is a calcium source
     
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
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  4. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if they free range will they get the grit they need? I have been keeping some small gravel or rather large sandy dirt/rock mixture in the pen if they want it...However they range all day so I am just wondering if they need more??
     
  5. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will find the grit they need when they free range. Especially if you have a gravel drive or another area like that. I also offer mine grit in a free choice feeder. I do not feed my girls back their eggshells. It is just a preferance. I feed mine oyster shell in a free choice feeder.
     
  6. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard if you are going to give them egg shells, then you should grind them up very well... Otherwise, they might associate their newly laid eggs as a food source.
     
  7. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I grind up my eggshells very small then add them to the feed crumble this way they are not associating large pieces of eggshells with eggs.
     
  8. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nuggetsowner:) :

    They will find the grit they need when they free range. Especially if you have a gravel drive or another area like that. I also offer mine grit in a free choice feeder. I do not feed my girls back their eggshells. It is just a preferance. I feed mine oyster shell in a free choice feeder.

    Oh good, I feel better. We have a huge gravel u shaped driveway they usually peck at it​
     
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Yes. I do. It is not grit but calcium.

    I rinse the egg shells and microwave them for 3 min. It makes the shells really crunchy. Then I crumble up the shells. If you dont crumble up the shells, they looks like regular eggs and it could get them into the habit of egg eating.
     
  10. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes my procedure is to take the eggshells and put them back into the carboard carton to dry out. Once they are all dried out I crumble them up into small pieces and add to crumble feed. The first time I tried doing this when they were wet after rinsing them [​IMG] I learned to let them dry out much easier....I never thought of the microwave that's a good one
     

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