Grinding egg shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LaurieL, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. LaurieL

    LaurieL In the Brooder

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    How fine should I grind egg shells to give my chickens for calcium on a scale of 1 - 5 with 1 being powder and 5 being about 1/2” flakes?
     
  2. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

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    Honestly, I toss them out just as halves and they gobble them up fine.
     
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  3. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Just enough that they aren't recognizable as eggs. Oyster shell should still be provided as well.
     
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  4. Peppercorngal

    Peppercorngal Songster

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    My hens won't touch egg shells. I don't know why, it's a mystery to me. :hmm
     
  5. RUNuts

    RUNuts Free Ranging

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    Just crunch them & toss. My guideline is not round. Them figure it out fine.

    My tear up the shells in a day. Oyster shell lasts longer.
     
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  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    I just crush them up too, they will chip/break it into smaller pieces if desired. No need to grind them up:)
     
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  7. Dayrel

    Dayrel Songster

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    I smash mine up finer than some of the people above, but that is mostly because I'm paranoid about them figuring out the link between egg shells and what they put out each day. Egg eating can be contagious and hard to break. I try to crumble mine under 1/2".
     
  8. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    Me too!
     
  9. Njroosters

    Njroosters Songster

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    I just toss them in as egg shell halves as well. They love them
     
  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida

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    I just hard boiled extra eggs when I had them and put 'em in a plastic grocery bag within a grocery bag. Then I beat the livin' stuffin' outta it until I had smashed up eggs and egg shells and dumped them in the run for the chickens. No particular size involved. I just broke them up a little bit to make them easier to eat. They loved it. Other than that, when I'd make eggs for us I'd just break up the egg shells a little bit - no baking, crushing or pulverizing needed - and take them out with me when I went out. I really never understood the need to bake them...is it to kill bacteria or something? Seems like a waste of time to me when they are surrounded by the same bacteria that's found in them and their surroundings anyway, and nobody is disinfecting the bugs and worms they find in the yard. :oops:
     

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