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Ground egg shell or oyster shells?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gvnam, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Gvnam

    Gvnam Chirping

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    What works better for the egglaying process? Feeding them ground egg shell or oyster shell?
     

  2. Quote:I don`t think there is much difference. Egg shells are more work, but cheaper..........Pop
     
  3. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Songster

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    I use both. I keep oyster available at all times. When I have stacked up enough egg shells I put them in microwave for a few mins. grind them up and add them to the oyster shell dish.
     
  4. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Songster

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    I use both as well. I learned on here - keep a dish in the oven and toss the egg shells in - they bake when preheating. Then I crush them up and feed it to the hens.
     
  5. nxd10

    nxd10 In the Brooder

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    I haven't given them eggshells (I put them in my compost heap) because I'm worried about them getting used to eating eggs. I suppose grinding them solves the problem. No problem?
     
  6. cottagechick

    cottagechick Songster

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    So...if you were to give them access to tons of oyster shells but buy non laying food would they voluntarily eat enough calcium?
     
  7. Someone suggested sticking them in the microwave for 20 seconds or so, to cook any remnant of egg inside and keep the chickens from getting a taste for raw egg.
     

  8. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Songster

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    I use both. But I don't bake my egg shells - I just toss them in a bowl, let them dry out naturally, then crush them to serve to the girls. I've had absolutely no issues with egg eaters.
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My egg shells go into my compost too. I have bowls of oyster shells in their coops.
     
  10. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

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    Quote:I do this too. No problems. I have one hen in particular that will not touch oyster shell and needs extra or she lays soft-shelled and then shell-less eggs.
     

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