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Thu Mar 28, 2013, 12:26 PM

Eggshells are for the birds... and that's no yolk ! Put those Easter eggshells to good use !

Eggshells provide a great source of calcium for your backyard birds. The birds need calcium, and it is hard for them to find.

Rinse the shells, then let them dry overnight. Wrap them in a paper towel, then crush into tiny bits. Add to feeder or scatter on the ground.

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Reply Eggshells are for the birds... and that's no yolk ! Put those Easter eggshells to good use ! (Original post)
agracie Mar 2013 OP
OffWithTheirHeads Mar 2013 #1
talkingmime Mar 2013 #2
Duer 157099 Mar 2013 #3
UncleYoder Mar 2013 #4
agracie Mar 2013 #5

Response to agracie (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 12:42 PM

1. Doi not know that. Will do.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 12:49 PM

2. Most birds will disolve calcium from their own bodies to reroute it to the shells they produce.

 

It makes sense for the purposes of survival of the species, but it is pretty rough on the hens.

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Response to agracie (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:02 PM

3. Do hens eat the eggshells after their chicks hatch?

I never even thought about this.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:33 PM

4. It depends.

Wild birds or truly free range chickens/turkeys will not. That nest and it smelly broken eggs is a lunch horn for all predators. Momma will take the babies away from it as soon as possible. In a pen, with limited access to the outside, they will eat the shells eventually.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 04:45 PM

5. Farm supply stores sell bags of crushed oyster shells to feed to chickens. nt

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