recycling the shells

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

  1. gutshall

    gutshall Out Of The Brooder

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    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. Jennings Gamefowl

    Jennings Gamefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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 Chicken Obsessed

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i keep my shells in fridge until i have plenty to give to them at once
     

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