recycling eggshells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickiebaby, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    What's all this about oyster shells, my friends? Are we simply tying to increase our expenses so tat eggs which we raise for a dollar and pop and sell for a quarter can now cost EVEN MORE?!

    My birds get their own eggshells, dried and ground, back as scratch for calcium. Works great. Never bought calcium when they are excreting it daily in the perfect, most usable form. Long s theyre dried and ground, the birdies dont make the connection with those round things they lay and cackle about, so we've had no trouble with cannibalism.

    Any other reason for calcium that I should know or do you guys just LIKE spending your hard earned yen at the feed store?
  2. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Mine get calcium in their Layena and they get their egg shells back too [​IMG]
    Well the dogs sometimes get the eggshells since I toss them in the blender whole if I am cooking some for them [​IMG]
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It would take ALOT of eggshells to equal the calcium in oyster shell. I feed mine the shells back in addition to the oyster shell, but I did see somewhere a comparison of how much calcium they get from one versus the other. It was much less with eggshells.
  4. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    You would think that the calcium of eggs alone would break down over time and 'use' as well.
  5. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I quit feeding mine oyster shells since it didn't work all that well. I add D.E. to my feed and I do occasionally feed shells back to them.
  6. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i reycycle egg shells
  7. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    I make my own brand of potting soil, and one of the *secret* ingredients is broken up egg shell.
  8. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    even though i have never had a problem i still buy oyster shells for my girls. I am one of those people that don't want to wait for a problem to hppen if I can prevent it first. Frm what I have seen they go a long way anyway.

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