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Giving egg shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jbh06, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. jbh06

    jbh06 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had read on here that some people cook egg shells before giving them to their chickens. Is it necessary? What are the consequences? Thanks in advance
     
  2. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to bake them, now I just dry them out and crush them up.
     
  3. jbh06

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    Thanks, I have been just crushing them up and giving them to the chickens. I never thought twice about it until I read that somebody baked them and another nuked them.
     
  4. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    that was me that said I nuked them and that was only to dry them up. [​IMG]
     
  5. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens

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    I zap them in the micro as well to eliminate any microbes (thought that was kind of poetic)--- put them in with water to boil. They break up more easily, and all the whites are solid so the crushing is neater. It is purely optional.
     
  6. jbh06

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    Great, Thanks for the input
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dry them if you want to, but they air dry just fine in a few days anyhow. As for fear of bacteria, etc, anyone who actually has chickens knows that the chicken's world is filled with bacteria, that they eat worms, bugs, mice, dig through cow pies for maggots and most anything else. Just sayin'. So, whatever might be on that dried shell is probably the least of anyone's worries.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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