feeding back eggshells.

rubyrogue

Songster
9 Years
Mar 8, 2010
438
1
129
when i feed back eggshells how small do i need to crush them?
 

emvickrey

ChowDown Silkie Farm
10 Years
Mar 5, 2009
6,069
233
306
Hornbeak, Tennessee
My chickens are picky. They won't eat them unless I discuise them as a treat. I cook rice and I put the egg shells in the ultimate chopper and turn them almost to powder. It's more like sand. Then I mix the 2. As long as I don't add too many egg shells they will eat it right up.
 

NonnasBabies

Muddy Acre Farms
10 Years
Sep 20, 2009
12,374
6,559
526
Pride, La.
I use a round cake pan to dry mine out in. So when there all dry I throw a paper towel over them and crush them in small pieces! Just so they can't associate that with an egg.

Missi
 

D'Angelo N Va.

Songster
10 Years
Dec 28, 2009
2,551
11
181
once I crack the egg to use, thats all the cracking or breaking up I do..and they don't eat the eggs in their nest either..
 

goldenchic

Songster
10 Years
Nov 7, 2009
113
1
109
i bake mine in the oven then i used to use a pestle & motar but a bit rough on the wrist, so i put mine through the blender, & throw mine on the run floor this seems to work
 

dragonlair

Songster
11 Years
Apr 29, 2008
568
10
151
Maine
I dry mine for a day or so, then bake them in the oven. I crush them with a glass or something, whatever is handy, and then mix it with their feed (I use either crumbles or pellets), with their hard boiled eggs I crush up for them, their spaghetti, or their brown rice. I've even just set a bowl of crushed shells for them to pick at. They love them and will eat them before they will eat the oyster shells.
 

schellie69

Songster
10 Years
Oct 8, 2009
4,077
15
211
Kansas
I just save them in a coffee can when it full I put them in a gallon bag crush them with a rolling pin then put them in a pan and put them in the pen. The chickens then eat what they need. No problems with egg eating and no extra cost of oyster shell.
 

damselfish

Songster
11 Years
Mar 8, 2008
971
103
199
Southwest Missouri
Mine go straight back out to them in the compost pile along with the rest of the kitchen scraps. No crushing, no baking, no nothing. They tear them up with no trouble. I mean have you seen those beaks?
Those girls would tear me apart if they were big enough!

This doesn't seem to cause them to develop any kind of egg-eating habit, have been doing it for 2+ years now.

Good luck!
 

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