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Feeding eggs shells... Do they acquire a taste for eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dwdoc, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. dwdoc

    dwdoc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2010
    Seffner, Florida
    I have read many post that talk about feeding chicken crushed eggs shells instead of oyster shell. I talked with my local "chicken expert" and she says she NEVER feeds her birds eggs shells. She claims the birds will acquire a taste for eggs and begin to eat their own eggs.... It sounds sorta logical...I think.?.?

    I so confused...
  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    Feeding egg shells without the egg is fine. I do it with my girls and I don't have egg eaters.
  3. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    IMO (which is not based on a ton of chicken knowledge) I do not think that they would "put two and two together" as long as the shells are clean and well crushed. I know I have seen people mention something about baking the shells as well. I think that is to kill any bacteria on the shells but not sure.
  4. happychickengirls

    happychickengirls Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    I feed my hens egg shells and they do eat them. They say to make sure they are crushed up pretty good however and not to feed them big chunks of egg shell When they were pullet size I used to feed them hard boiled eggs chopped up, which was their favorite treat. They loved them!!!!! I have never had a problem with them eating their own eggs. They have all been fine.
    I wouldnt worry about it.
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You will read to nuke or bake them both to kill germs and to make them taste different from raw eggs. You will read to crush them fine so they do no damage. You will read that experienced chicken keepers do this routinely rather than buy oyster shells. You will read of feeding them cooked eggs for the nutrition or to use up excess eggs; this is often done by scrambling them, with the shells. Sooner or later you will see a chicken eat an eggshell, especially if you have a broody. I have never read of a connection between feeding egg shells and egg eating. I've seen my chickens eat eggs several times, as when they accidentally break one. but i don't have an egg eater. Shells should get ground up in the gizzard before they do any internal damage.
  6. dwdoc

    dwdoc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2010
    Seffner, Florida
    Thanks for all the replies.

    But I have to ask.... How does one sort through all the different opinions and advise? It can be a bit overwhelming.
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Quote:Yes my father did that all the time, bake them first .....even turn them brown
  8. shesaredroan

    shesaredroan Chillin' With My Peeps

    I learned chicken keepin' from an ol' timer............always have given crushed egg shells back to my girls.....never had a problem with hens eating their own or others eggs.

    I would think an egg eater may be a hen that is feeling crowded, underfed or bored. Since it's a destructive behavior I would associate it with a distressed bird. Happy girls lay their eggs and go about their business.
  9. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Do a little research, majority of opinions, trial and error, sometimes what your common sense tells you. Raising animals is not an exact science. You just have to do it long enough to get a feel for it.
  10. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    Quote:THAT is the nature of an open forum such as this. You will just have to take it all in and try what you want. YOU will come to your own conclusions by trial and error.
    I see this forum as similiar to sitting in the coffee shop and talking to a group of friends and getting everyone's storys and advise.

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