Roasting or toasting of egg shells?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alaskachick, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I would like to recycle the shells from my hens for their calcium supplement. I was told that the egg shells need to be cooked first. Does anyone know how this is done? [​IMG]
  2. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    Put them in the oven when it is preheating or after you have taken your food out. Leave for 20 min. Put in zip loc or blender and crush.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I've never bothered cooking them. I toss them in the bucket of veggie scraps, whack it all with a wooden spoon and toss them out to the flocks. Eighteen years and it hasn't gone wrong yet.

    If you really want to do it, you can microwave or bake them until thoroughly dry. My scraps go out daily, so age is not an issue here.
  4. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    West Michigan
    Don't bother doing anything with the eggshells except maybe drying them for a couple days before crushing them so the inner membrane's dry and they're easier to crush with the rolling pin or your hand. Remember chickens are outdoor, barnyard farm animals. We tend to overthink their needs and put our sanitary standards on what they eat and how we feed them, but it's not necessary.
    Yeah, common sense stuff, like clean coop and fresh water, but hey, the girls eat bugs, worms, spiders, mosquitoes, scratch in the mud and all sorts of stuff.
  5. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I dry them in an ice cream bucket that I keep under the sink. When there seems to be enough I put them in a zip baggie and mash them up to small bits so the birds can easily pick them out of the food bin.

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