Is it okay to feed crushed boiled egg shells?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by The Lisser, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. The Lisser

    The Lisser Songster

    I've read that some folks bake the egg shells for their chickens. Does anyone feed them shells from boiled eggs?


  2. amyrains

    amyrains In the Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    I hope its ok because I feed mine some today! [​IMG] OOOPS
  3. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yep, I boil the eggs and mash them shells and all to throw to the chooks. Never had any complaints yet!
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Some people bake them, some nuke them, all of which sounds like a lot of extra work to me. I just hand crush them and toss 'em over the fence. Chickens are doing fine.
  5. HyLinda

    HyLinda Chirping

    Jun 14, 2010
    Warrens, WI
    My neighbor told me that if you feed chickens egg shells they will begin eating their eggs - I'm assuming that's an old wive's tale???[​IMG]
  6. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    Thats only if you fed them something that looks like an egg. They will start thinking that eggs are food and will eat them.
  7. fl_deb

    fl_deb Songster

    May 7, 2010
    Quote:Also, if they do not get enough calcium and lay soft eggs that crack open then the feasting may sometimes begin.

    I have an old Visions cookware that I never liked, so now it is repurposed into the egg shell collector, storer and baker when it starts to get full, I ask my neighbor to let me know the next time they will be grilling (they always use charcoal) and then when they are done cooking, I just put the shells on to grill/bake. I pick it up later that night or next day and finish crushing the shells before adding to an old empty food grade plastic container (in my case it is an old Whey protein container) and the visionsware is washed and placed back in service the same day! Mine you all my shells go in there, it doesn't matter whether the eggs were scrambled or hard boiled they go into that visionware container. The only exception is hardboil eggs that a lot of the white came with the shell...those I crush and feed to the girls right away and they fight over it!
  8. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    I save all egg shells. Even when i'm making fried eggs for breakfast or putting one in for a cake. I wash out the egg shell and let it dry completely then crush it up and put it in a large container I have on my fridge. When it's full I put them in my ultimate chopper and turn them to dust. Then I sprinkle it over scraps. I pour it in tuna cans for the quail.
  9. Cosmopolis Chick

    Cosmopolis Chick Songster

    Aug 24, 2010
    Grays Harbor
    I save all egg shells in an ALL-METAL 2 lb coffee can on the back burner of my stovetop.
    I don't turn the burner on!
    Then when I use the oven - that is the burner that the oven vent is under and the shells get quite warm for an hour or so while I bake. That is plenty to make them easy to crush and I put the crushed shells into a 1 lb cocktail peanut (plastic) jar with a tight lid. I just throw a half-a-handful in with the feed occasionally.

    Good luck getting ALL-METAL coffee cans anymore! When they are not 100% plastic they are cardboard sides with metal top and bottom. [​IMG]
    I have also used the institutional size cans I get tomato sauce in when I am making spaghetti sauce.
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I just hard boil the older eggs, cut them in quarters or sixths, toss them in a bowl and hit them with the hand mixer. Breaks it all up. Toss in whatever you have to clean out the fridge.

    For just shells, I put them in the chicken bucket, whack them with a wooden spoon and away we go. I don't mess with the baking stuff. Haven't lost one to shells in 18 years, so it must be okay.

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