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Re: Eggs without shells???? Help please

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:11 pm
by JulieSherris
Ah.... maybe the shells need to be crushed to a fine powder before the calcium can be absorbed, Red?
I got the info from: http://www.makeitandmendit.com/2009/07/ ... eggshells/

I now have a bag on the back door for the collection of used egg shells - hubby really thinks I've lost it now!! :mrgreen:

Re: Eggs without shells???? Help please

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:08 pm
by shell
i also give my hens crushed egg shells in with their pellets,although i `ve been told calcium is already in the chicken pellets,
ps, i meant oyster shell not oyster grit sorry,the grit my hens dont need as they free range and get enough from the ground where they root around,
shel

Re: Eggs without shells???? Help please

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:59 am
by Millymollymandy
I put oyster shell in a separate dish too and I'm always amazed how much they go through when they are laying. They don't touch the stuff when they are off lay. (I only have a few hens so I can notice these things!). So that tells me there isn't enough in layers pellets.

Re: Eggs without shells???? Help please

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:30 pm
by red
JulieSherris wrote:Ah.... maybe the shells need to be crushed to a fine powder before the calcium can be absorbed, Red?
I got the info from: http://www.makeitandmendit.com/2009/07/ ... eggshells/

I now have a bag on the back door for the collection of used egg shells - hubby really thinks I've lost it now!! :mrgreen:
well its a popular idea to give them the egg shells back - but it is my understanding that this does not give them calcium, and i would crush them for sure, as you dont want to encourage egg eating.

of course.. strictly speaking you cannot give any kitchen leftovers to hens.

also it is worth remembering that if a hen fills up on anything other than the pellets, then it wont be getting the nutrients in the pellets.

Re: Eggs without shells???? Help please

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:39 pm
by Alexandra
Well, I haven't given the egg shells back to the hens, but I do dry them out and crush them to put around the vegetables to stop the slugs eating my seedlings - works a treat!