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Feeding Eggshells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kimisfishing, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. kimisfishing

    kimisfishing Songster

    Oct 1, 2011
    Branson Missouri
    An old farmer friend of mine told me to lightly toast the eggshells before feeding, I dont know why, but he said him grandma and mom used to. So I guess I will. Does anyone else do this and do you know why?

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Its calcium. They need the calcium to make the shell. Just make sure you crunch it up real good so they can't recognize the egg. You don' want them to start eating their own eggs. Its a good thing . I feed mine boiled eggs every now & again the egg has lots of protein. I just crush it up real good.
  3. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    The thought was that if you toasted the shell before you gave them to the chickens, is that the chickens wouldn't think that they could eat fresh laid eggs. I don't think it matters one way or another. If a chicken is going to eat fresh eggs, the bird will do it no matter what. I give my flock raw shells that I crush up. It seems to help with the quality of the freshly laid eggs.
  4. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Songster

    Aug 15, 2011
    My Own Realm!!!
    Quote:yes, all that. we feed ours to them. MAKE SURE YOU CRUSH THEM REALLY WELL! otherwise they will get into egg eating habbit...
  5. kimisfishing

    kimisfishing Songster

    Oct 1, 2011
    Branson Missouri
    Thank you, I will not be wasting time if I do not have to. I have some egg shells now ror them and will just crush thema nd add them to the food.
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I throw the weak shelled or odd eggs back down to my chickens right in the coop or outside in front of their coop.
    It is an old wives tale that it will get them in the habit of eating their own eggs. That just isn't true.
    I throw the whole egg down and it breaks on the ground in front of them, they run up and eat it.
    I have had chickens for many years and out of the 500 plus I have now (I am currently down a few hundred), no one eats eggs unless they have low protein problems.
    I have never, ever had a chicken eat their eggs because of low calcium but I always make sure they have oyster shell. They may need more protein and bust an egg for that or if they see a cracked one they will get rid of it as it is their instinct to get rid of it before it draws a predator.
    I can lay eggs on the ground and they all run over to it and then look up at me to bust it for them. If I tap it they do too but they never bust it.
    I never heat the darn things either. Waste of time. They can eat their own shell fresh or old. I bust the undeveloped ones from my bator and they eat those shells, too. No one has been sick from it.
    Just my many years of experience with chickens and eggs.
  7. cva34

    cva34 Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    Quote:My guess its probably a way to enshure there dry and sterile.The heat would destroy any spoilage ,bacteria,etc...cva34

  8. ChickenGirl165

    ChickenGirl165 Songster

    Sep 7, 2011
    One of my hens had a broken egg come out on the spot. A while later, she picked the soft shell off the ground and gobbled it! [​IMG] You should crush the egg shells. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2011
  9. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

    Apr 7, 2011
    Western NY
    My Coop
    Unless I give them the eggshell immediately, I always lightly bake them. The reason is that I usually don't mess with eggshells until I have a bunch, so I will use eggs throughout the week and put the empty shells back into the fridge. Then I bake them all together at the end of the week. I bake because they aren't fresh and baking kills any bacteria that has grown on them in the interim.
  10. ladyride

    ladyride Songster

    Apr 30, 2011
    East Tn
    I collect them for about a week then microwave them crush up fine put in a bowl next to their feeder they eat what they want .

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