How to serve a hard boiled egg to chicks aprox. 7 to 8 weeks old

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TheRealFowlLove, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. TheRealFowlLove

    TheRealFowlLove In the Brooder

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    I've read that giving your chicks a hard-boiled egg once a day is really good for them but I want to know should I mix up the whole thing eggshells and all? and if so should I be mixing up really finelly so that the eggshells don't hurt them?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Just the egg no shells.:)
     
  3. Poultrybreeder

    Poultrybreeder Crowing

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    I feed them eggshells and all, so yes you should crush them really small. My chicks love it! I have fed them eggs with shells for 5 years now
     
  4. imnukensc

    imnukensc Songster

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    Peel it and chop it up. Chicks don't need the extra calcium in the egg shell.
     
  5. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Really? I've always been told no shells until they're laying. Not like I could give them the shells anyway the older hens demand those immediately.
     
  6. Poultrybreeder

    Poultrybreeder Crowing

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    Hmm, my dad taught me to do that when I first got chickens, he's done it for years before me, so that's how I have always done it. The chicks are always healthy
     
  7. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    I know the little snots would grab those shells if I gave them half a chance.:)
     
  8. Poultrybreeder

    Poultrybreeder Crowing

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    Yep. That's how mine are. :weeI have actually owned chickens for 8 years now, the first 3 they didn't get egg
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    This is true, however egg shells have less dissolvable calcium than oyster shell, etc so the amount absorbed is not as significant which does minimize the risk compared to calcium from layer feed, etc.

    That being said, for littles I peel and chop-for older birds I smash shell and all
     
  10. TheRealFowlLove

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    Thanks y'all! I'm about to boil my girls thier first egg!
     

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