Feeding chickens egg shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tenmore, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a quick question Ive read on here about mixing sheels in with other kitchen scraps. Im just wondering can or wont this lead to a possible problem with hens eating eggs. Just wondering Im not doing it but as I was cooking eggs for breakfast and tossing the shells away I was thinking weather to feed them or not.....just a note my ladies are not laying yet about another month I think they will be starting.... Thanks again:cool:
     
  2. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Actually, its not advised to feed the eggshells to chickens more so because of bacterial problems if the eggs aren't properly cleaned. Around here, we use the crushed eggshells for slug control in our gardens.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    A lot of people do it. I think most people cook them in the microwave to cook any egg remnants. This comes up pretty often and there are a bunch of threads about it; you should be able to find lots of comments with the blue search button.
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Many feed crushed shells to their layers to boost calcium, rather than supplementing with oyster shell. Some cook the shells first, while others don't. A huge bag of oyster shell that lasts for years is pretty cheap, so I just do that. I wouldn't offer it to them until they're laying though...
     
  5. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Ive always planned on the oyster shells...It was just a thought that went through my mind as I was cracking the eggs this morning for breakfast.. Thanks for the comments:D
     
  6. BrokenRoadFarm

    BrokenRoadFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you decide to do it, make sure the crushed egg shells do not resemble egg shells - that seems to be where some of the egg eating issues begin. Make sure they are crushed up well.
     

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