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recycling the shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gutshall, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. gutshall

    gutshall In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2008
    We want to try recycling the shells. We understand that if we wash, dry, and crush them that the hens will take that as a calcium source. But how small is crushed??? [​IMG] And the shells are so sharp, will my girls be OK???

    Thanks for any feed back you might be able to offer!

  2. what i do is cut them up to about the size of laying crumbles and they are good for the hens... it shouldnt hurt them if the shells are small enough
  3. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Russell County
    I read somewhere, old farmers used to bake them in the oven to change the taste of the eggs (it also changes the colors to a sort of light copper and the smell is different also) so the chickens won't be "curious" to try and taste and then eat their own eggs. lol

    The boyfriend think it stinks, but I think it's a sort of like musk - really light, unless you have the nose of a bloodhound like he does heh lol
  4. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    The purpose of crushing them is to disguise them. Otherwise the hens might develop a bad habit.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I do not wash them. Just put 'em on a cookie sheet at about 200 degrees for 20-30 minutes. It makes them very brittle and easy to crush. I wait till I have an ice bin full, then bake them.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    The shells are not hard enough to hurt the chickens. They will be ground to a powder in the gizzard. They eat things a lot harder and sharped with no problem. Throw a lobster or crawfish shell in with them and see what happens.
  7. krcote

    krcote Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    I don't wash or bake mine. Just save up a container full, and they are dry enough by that time. Then crush them up to about pea- size. I've never had a problem with egg-eaters.

  8. chickens4me

    chickens4me Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    I feed my egg shells back to my hens.

    I just rinse out the insides really well, so no egg is left inside. Then I crush it up with my hands some, throw it in the pen and the hens just pick at it with no problems that I have ever seen. So far anyway!

    Edited because everytime I type "egg" it comes up "rooster" Is this that bad computer virus????!
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2009
  9. krcote

    krcote Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH very funny april fool's joke! ALL E G G words are replaced with R O O S T E R!!!
  10. rigagirl

    rigagirl Songster

    Dec 28, 2008
    churchville ny
    i keep my shells in fridge until i have plenty to give to them at once

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