Feeding egg shells to laying hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by buc, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. buc

    buc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read about the practice of feeding egg shells back to the chickens that layed them as a way of returning the calcium to thier bodies.

    Does anyone else here do that?
     
  2. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did. I dried them in the microwave first and then finely crushed them.
     
  3. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, lots of us. Some recommend heating to "clean"(sterilize) them and crushing them. We also chop up boiled eggs for them if we get too many. The shells give them extra calcium to help them develop stronger egg shells. Make sure you crush them up. Never feed whole or seemingly whole. You don't want your chickens to turn into egg-eaters (breaking and eating the eggs laid in your nesting areas. That's a nasty habit and one that is hard to break.
     
  4. buc

    buc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks.

    I have a group of shells that were going into the garden, instead I will dry them, crush them and feed them back to the hens and see how they eat them.
     
  5. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't practice this, just my personal preference.
     
  6. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've starting doing it as well and my girls much prefer the egg shells to the oyster grit.

    I just pop the whole peices into the oven for a bit, let them cool, stick them in a plastic bag and take the dough roller to it. I figure it's a lovely way to recycle. They made these lovely little calcium-packed shells and it seems a shame to throw them away [​IMG]
     
  7. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't do anything with mine. i just crush it and give it to them. i figure they eat dirt so if there's dirt or poo on there, it's nothing different from what they normally eat and since i ate the egg, if it's contaminated in some way, i'm going to be sick first.
     
  8. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, we dry ours, crush to smaller pieces and add to the oyster shells. Mine prefer them over oyster shells. It makes things go full circle. No need to waste egg shells that are almost 100% calcium....Just makes good sence.

    bigzio
     
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  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:If you leave the egg shells wet you are inviting somenella poisioning of your chickens.
     
  10. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you leave the egg shells wet you are inviting somenella poisioning of your chickens.

    Yeah, but they eat their own eggs, so what the heck,lol.

    I boil my eggs and just crush the whole thing up, egg and shell.
     

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