Hi from Queensland Australia

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  1. ra ra

    ra ra Out Of The Brooder

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    Glad to find a good site. I'm learning as I go, having had 4 chickens for 8 months. I know someone who feeds her chickens their old eggshells. This doesn't sound good practice to me, any thoughts on this?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Eggshells are about 93% calcium, so it's common practice for people to recycle the shells by crushing them and feeding them back to the hens for a calcium boost. I prefer to bake the shells in an oven for a few minutes to "sterilise" them first. As long as the shells are not recognisable as coming from an egg you won't encourage egg-eating in your flock and it's a nice free source of calcium!
     
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    ra ra Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, thanks for that info. I like the idea of sterilizing the unrecognizable shells. Is that better than the crushed grit which I give them now?
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Grit or oystershell? Grit just helps them digest their food better. Oystershell is a great source of calcium, but egg shells is just as good and it is free [​IMG]
     
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    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, rara, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard. I concur with sumi about the eggshells. Best of luck to you and your flock!
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Niether is better or worse, just a matter of how expensive or convenient it is. I sell most of my eggs, so don't have many shells to recycle.
     
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    Welcome to BYC :)
     
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    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio!!!
     
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    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
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