Feeding shells to chickens

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  1. Simple Texas Guy

    Simple Texas Guy Member

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    I nuke the shells to dry them thoroughly and to make them brittle, then chop them up and feed them to my chickens. Heard it's a good source of calcium for them.

    Question is, do I bother removing the membrane from inside the shell? I've been doing it absentmindedly, but is there a point?
     
  2. ladycat

    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    No, the membrane doesn't hurt them. Just leave it.
     

  3. anniew

    anniew keep it simple and honest Supporter

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    I throw eggs into their feed dish and they break and the hens/ducks eat everything.
     
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    Oregon1986 Well-Known Member

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    Membrane won't do any harm
     
  5. ladytoysdream

    ladytoysdream Expect the unexpected Supporter

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    If you mean raw eggs, then I always thought that was a bad idea. Could get them into breaking
    and eating the good eggs that you want to keep. Not something that I do.
    However, I have hard boiled them. Removed them from the shells and then fed the egg itself to
    the birds I only do this once in a great while and it would have to be a hidden nest they managed.
    I float them first. If they float, I don't hard boil them for the birds.
    The shells themselves probably would be okay if you crush them up real small.
    I also have baked a cake like treat for them using eggs that might have a crack in them.
    This way the eggs don't get wasted.
     
  6. aart

    aart HOW do they DO that?

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    Membrane is fine, pretty hard to get it off anyway.
    I just rinse the halves as I use them and let them sit on edge of sink to drain/dry,
    stack em up in a dish then crush a bunch at once in a makeshift mortar/pestle,
    mix with oyster shell in separate container for the bird to eat at will.
    I rarely use more than 2-4 at time, so there's room to let them sit.

    Oven might work better than microwave to dry?