I rinse, air dry, then crush when I have a bunch.My hens just started laying. Should I start giving them eggshells? If so, should I have them available all the time, or just give the shells to them occasionally? Should I crush them?
What are you feeding them?
Layer feed or All Flock?
I do not have a rooster. I'm thinking I should check out oyster shells.Congratulations on your first eggs! Do you have a rooster? If so, it may be best to feed an all-flock formula, as the calcium in layer feed can be detrimental to birds that don't need it, such as birds too young or old to lay, birds that are molting, and males. Instead. Offering oyster shell in a separate container meets the needs of the layers, as they will take what they need and the other birds won't use it. I believe recycled eggs shells can eventually lose their efficacy as they get used over and over again. Oyster shell is cheap and they don't use much.
Good point. I just offered that because I did the same thing, and quickly afterwards, my chickens began to eat their eggs. I make sure to give them high-quality feed, so I don't think they were in need of more feed, and they free-range and get along, so I didn't think it was stress either....I figured that they took off of the shape from the eggshell, thinking it was okay to eat their own eggs, but I'm probably wrong on that.Nahhh...some folks just toss the halves into the run.