A question about chickens/eggs

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I was talking with an old-timer here, about my chickens. He told me that when the shells get thin, to let shells dry out and then crush to a powder and sprinkle over their food, that this would be the same as adding calcium. Has anyone tried this? Does it work? : )

Thanks. Kallie

-- Kallie (kallie125@hotmail.com), October 13, 1999


Yes it works. Dry them good in the sun or on the back of the wood stove and crumble them up. You don't need to make them into powder. Works much better than oyster shell.


-- Taz (Taz@aol.com), October 13, 1999.

Just make sure that you grind them quite finely, or they will recognize the shells. If they do that, you can end up with chickens that eat eggs, and that's a whole 'nother headache!

-- Ann M. (hismckids@aol.com), October 13, 1999.

I just crumple the chicken eggs so they are unrecognizable and chuch them in the plastic bucket under the sink. Then I feed this and all organic scraps to the hens every morning. I was told the most important thing is to crush them, so the "egg" shape is disguised. It works fine for me.

-- Youmustbe Joking (somewhere@overtherai.nbow.com), October 13, 1999.

This right after I bought 50lbs of oyster shell.... :D

I'm so glad to learn this; I was wondering how we were going to get oyster shell when shipping, etc. are wonky.

-- Arewyn (isitthatlate@lready.com), October 15, 1999.

We recycle the eggs. We nuke'em in the microwave to 'dry-up' the stuff left inside, then crush them very well. We don't mix them with the food, just dump them out in a pile and they love 'em......

-- BH (silentvoice@pobox.com), October 17, 1999.

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