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Feeding egg shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Delmar, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Delmar

    Delmar Songster

    I saw a guy mention the other day that he feeds his layers egg shell. This makes so much sense to me as a way of getting the calcium the birds need to make shells back into the birds. It did, however, make me wonder what precautions need to be taken. I assume they would either need to be rinsed really well, to get the egg white off, or microwaved long enough to cook any egg residue. What else? Run them through a coffee grinder so they are not recognizable as egg shells? I would hate to remind the chickens that eggs are yummy!

  2. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    I just throw my egg shells in the scrap bucket, I dont rinse them or cook them and then trow it all into the coop. There are some on here that will say you have to do both. I feel as thou its each to their own.
  3. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Quote:I'm with him ^
    Mine just get dried & crushed before feeding.
  4. algopurple

    algopurple Songster

    Dec 8, 2008
    Ripley TN
    I am sure I will be told that this is wrong and I shouldn't do it but I always just throw the shells in the chicken run minutes after the eggs are cracked for cooking. The chickens have never gotten sick and in 6 years, have never figured out what it is they are eating. Even when an egg gets broken in the nest box, they only eat that one egg and don't bother the others. At least that's how it seems since production is never down.
  5. Jx2inNC

    Jx2inNC Songster

    Apr 30, 2010
    Caraway, NC
    Quote:Same here. Cracked egg in the pen gets splattered on the ground for them to fight over. But they still don't crack open good eggs even though they see me do it.
  6. knjinnm

    knjinnm Songster

    Oct 5, 2010
    Sandia Park, NM
  7. Mervin

    Mervin Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Pennsyltucky
    I dry them out and crush them up although I'm not sure you really have to. Like everybody else, I've seen mine cleaning up broken eggs but they haven't actually started doing it intentionally.

  8. Delmar

    Delmar Songster

    Do they pretty much clean the egg shells up completely, when you just throw them in the run?
  9. lichick28

    lichick28 Songster

    Dec 31, 2008
    I Microwave The Egg Shells & Crush Them Up In A Paper Towel. I Clean Up A Broken Egg As Soon As Possible. Seems If I Leave A Broken Raw Egg In The Pen I Find More Broken Eggs The Next Day.
  10. knjinnm

    knjinnm Songster

    Oct 5, 2010
    Sandia Park, NM
    Quote:Crush the shells and mix them in their feed.

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