What do I do with the eggshells?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cats Critters, May 5, 2009.

  1. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    From my hatch? Should I dry them out in the oven and add them to my compost bin/ feed to the hens (they normally eat them out of the compost bin) or just throw them away?
     
  2. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

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    compost
     
  3. rachel

    rachel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely compost.
    Right now I have a BUNCH of saved eggshells in the solar oven to heat them up and get rid of any bacteria (and make them more brittle--easier to crush into tiny pieces) then I'm going to grind them up with a mortar and pestle and spread them all around my tomato plants. Hopefully the extra calcium will help prevent blossom end rot. So, that's another idea too...
     
  4. kycowgirlchick

    kycowgirlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I never thought about bacteria. But after mine dried out in the incubator, I threw them in the yard and chopped them up with the lawn mower for the chickens. May have been a bad thing?
     
  5. rachel

    rachel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've given them 'raw' eggshells many times before without issue, I'm just being overly cautious. I know a lot of folks throw them in the microwave for 20 seconds for the same reason.
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I compost mine. I grow tomatoes so I want that in the compost.
     

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