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Feeding Your Chickens Egg Shell Instead Oyster Shell

I have been giving my chickens crushed up egg shells instead of oyster shells. Is this alright? I would like to know what other people think of this.

craigmartin
Friday, January 1st, 2021

According to the renowned poultry vet Victoria Roberts eggs shells are an end product and as such don't benefit our hens.

Joseph lawler
Friday, January 1st, 2021

People do it but oyster shell is said to be a better supplement

Sulky Bantam
Friday, January 1st, 2021

Where would you recommend to buy oyster shell.

craigmartin
Friday, January 1st, 2021

Well I get it mixed with grit

Sulky Bantam
Friday, January 1st, 2021

Where do you get your oyster shell mixed with grit Sulky.

craigmartin
Friday, January 1st, 2021

I put a tray full of my empty egg shells in oven and baked for what ever length of time of what went in oven , then small in bag and add to feed . Chickens love it . As my wife does alot of baking she goes through 80 90 eggs a week in summer so we have plenty of shells .

rich1
Friday, January 1st, 2021

I also do as rich1 states. I bake them for about 20 mins, then bag and crush with mallet.
After all egg shell are really made up of calcium.
I know people who actually eat them, not sure what benefit for.

Desy
Friday, January 1st, 2021

Ive always tossed egg shell out into the yard its nearly always hens that are laying well that will goble them up,chickens no what they need.

paddycrawford
Friday, January 1st, 2021

Thanks a lot everybody. I do pretty much the same as a lot of you. I bake my egg shells in the oven and crush them and then mix them with my chicken food. My chickens are still laying fairly well. 18-21 eggs daily from 24-27 hens.

craigmartin
Friday, January 1st, 2021

We used to do that too until I read the above. Now we crush them and put them around plants to try to keep the slugs at bay. Apparently they don't like crawling over anything that will cut them. So they are still useful!

Joseph lawler
Friday, January 1st, 2021

@craigmartin from LK polutry supplies:
http://www.lkpoultry.ie/mixed-poultry-grit-5kg/
It says just grit but actually in the description it says oyster shell so its good

Sulky Bantam
Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

We do a 5kg bucket of oyster shell but you might get locally from a feed merchant to save on the carriage.

https://www.maceoinltd.com/poultry-equipment/poultry-health-...

We also do 1kg Tubs & 25 Kg bags and pallets of 40 bags depending on what you need.

There is also an egg shell improver available.

https://www.maceoinltd.com/poultry-equipment/poultry-health-...

Mixed grit also contains oystershell as well as flint & quartz grits.

https://www.maceoinltd.com/poultry-equipment/poultry-health-...

Flock Master
Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

An egg shell consists of calcium protein and other minerals so imagine what resources a hen has to use up to make one egg. In the wild all types of birds especially small birds will eat the eggshells after their chicks hatch to regain some of the nutrients used to make those eggs. So it is very beneficial to fee the eggshells back to the chickens crushed up in their food.Chickens are omnivores. They will eat anything they find.And a hen finding nest with some other birds eggs is like someone giving you a free box of your favourite chocolates.Even if there is a broken egg in your hen house.It will be devoured.

roostercroweburn
Sunday, January 3rd, 2021


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