Feeding Hens Eggshells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by resplendeo, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. resplendeo

    resplendeo New Egg

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    I'm going to be getting my first chickens in a while, and I just remembered what my great-grandma used to do on her farm with her--gosh, she must have had like fifteen hens.
    But yeah, she'd give them the shells so that they'd have enough calcium--is that right? Is that what you do? Complete newbie here.
     
  2. cterbizan

    cterbizan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can I would not recommend giving it to them straight I would scramble an egg and mix the crushed egg shell with it. Or put it with yogurt or mix with something.
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2010
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    After I use the egg for my breakfast, I let the eggshell dry on the counter for a day or so, then I crumble it up and add it to the bucket of kitchen scraps I saved for the chickens.
     
  4. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Virginia
    We alway's give the shells to the bird's.Yes best if they are dried out a bit.Some people put them in oven for a bit and cook the shells first.I keep an extra carton around and just put them in it for a couple day's then dived them up with the bird's.
     
  5. fluffystuffs808

    fluffystuffs808 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hard boil my eggs and put it in a ziploc bag shell and all and stomp on it then feed to the chicks/chickens. They love it![​IMG]
     
  6. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    I just let them dry in a container and then put them in a bag and crush them up and give them to my chickens.
     
  7. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I save all my egg shells and have my friends do the same. I dry them out for a day or so, then bake them. Once cool I crush them with a bottle or something and either mix it with their feed or mix it with treats I feed them. I also will hard boil eggs for them, crush those up, complete with shells, and add the crushed shells to that mix.
     

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