Composting eggshells is a fine option but your feathered friends could really benefit from them!
Each eggshell is composed of nearly 100% calcium. Laying hens need calcium in their diet in order to produce healthy eggs.
A lack of calcium can cause soft-shelled eggs or even worse, the egg could crack inside of your hen and that’s a really scary situation.
Crushed oyster shells are available to buy as a supplement for your chickens but the way I look at it… the eggs are free so why not utilize the shells? One instance when oyster shells are a great option, is if you’re selling or giving away so many eggs that you don’t have any shells to save for your flock. (Here’s a great oyster shell option).
Some people believe that the shells need to be baked in order to kill off any bacteria but many think that it is not necessary.
If you choose the baking route, just spread the semi-crushed shells out on a baking sheet and bake until brittle.
Bake at 350°F for approximately 5-10 minutes.
Put in a bag and roll to crush! (Kids love to help with this step!)
That’s it! They’re ready to feed to your chickens!
I wouldn’t suggest mixing the shells in with your chicken’s food. Serve it in a separate space so each chicken can eat as much as they’d like. I believe that they know what they need and they’ll eat accordingly.
It’s pretty simple and straightforward but a little something we learned along the way so I wanted to share it with you!
Do you supplement your chickens with their eggshells?