feeding egg shells to the girls....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sandy16, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. Sandy16

    Sandy16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2010
    We have been saving the egg shells from our girls and want to give them back as a supplement. Suggestions? I've heard that you should wash, dry and bake them. If so, what temp and how long? If not, then how do you prepare them?

    thanks! [​IMG]
  2. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    I put mine in the microwave to kill any bacteria and then put them in the food processor and then mix them in with some chopped up cooked veggies..[​IMG]
  3. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    I was doing the same thing but it became too much of a hassle. I simply bought a bag of crushed oyster shell (it's cheap)and make it always available. It's called K.I.S.S. technology (Keep It Simple Stupid) . [​IMG]
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I supply oyster shell, free choice. But I also give the shells back to them. I don't mess with washing/baking etc. I crush with a wooden spoon and mix them in with the other scraps. [​IMG]
  5. kasey08

    kasey08 Aunt Kasey's Farm

    Mar 29, 2010
    Scottsboro, AL
    i just put them in a window and let them dry then crush them [​IMG]
  6. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Endless Mts, NE PA
    I just throw them in with the rest of the scraps. They get them every day. If I had to wash, crush & BAKE the suckers, the chickens wouldn't get them ~~! [​IMG]
  7. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    south/west tn
    i take 1 whole egg per chicken and hard biol it . then throw the hard biol egg in food process once aweek and feed it back to them
  8. biddyboo

    biddyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Ashland, Missouri
    I'm with Ranchhand and greyhorse... Whenever I start to stress over my flock, I remember the eons of time that chickens have run in barnyards, backyards, snatching nibblets of whatever has come their way. I can understand particular care if your chickens are for show or whatever special purpose you must have, but that said, my hens have taught me to relax and enjoy them, care for them in simple sensible ways, provide safe shelter and adequate food and water, and beyond that, they fend for themselves quite well. We crush their egg shells and mix them in with scraps and treats or simply put a stack of crushed shells in their chickenyard. They clean them up and give us back beautiful eggs with strong shells in return. Our hens give us so much pleasure with very little effort. ~G
  9. bigstack

    bigstack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Texarkana, TX
    Baking kills any bacteria that might cause sickness in the bird or in you! I bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes! or 350 for 1 hr. Better safe than sorry!

    God Bless!

    P.s. now I just give oystershell free choice! Its alot less work. I'm lazy! LOL
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010
  10. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Ditto! I let mine dry, crush them up in ziplock bags and take to them to the run to use to refill the tuna can. KISS but keep it cheeep! cheeep! [​IMG]

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