I started discovering one of my chickens had soft shell eggs and had trouble laying an egg. I started to scour the web for information and found that we had an antidote from our very own chickens….their EGGS!
It’s the eggshells that can give calcium to your chickens as a side dish next to their main food for them to eat whenever they like. There are quite a few different ways you can go about preparing these shells for your ladies.
Make sure to rinse the eggs removing the membrane and air dry spreading over a dish towel or dry paper towel. Others like to bake the eggs shells until they crumble easily but I find no need to do this. The reason some folks bake the egg shells is due to the fear of leading their chickens to eating their own eggs. My ladies have never gone to eating each other’s eggs. If anything they cluck at the top of their lungs for me to know they laid an egg and it’s ready for pick up. And if you supply them with a side of their own crushed egg shells this will lesson the risk of them pecking at their own eggs in search of calcium.
To crush the eggs, I use a spoon or some similar sort of utensil to crush the shells into small pieces. Don’t want them too small to where they are almost powder but small enough for them to eat easily, about half a dime size. Once done have it as a side dish next to their main feed dish. I don’t recommend mixing in with their feed as it might give them too much calcium. It should be an option for them to peck at whenever they desire it. But be sure to only use their OWN egg shells not store bought or someone else’s flocks. Your ladies may not be accustomed to the bacteria that may be in other eggs.
If you have leftover crushed eggs shells I like to store them in a glass jar or canister to use for later at any time they run low. Your ladies will only eat as much as they need so don’t worry about filling up a bowl of it for them to use at any time they please.
There are oyster shells available at the store but I find my ladies love their own egg shells better, might be a little softer, easier to peck at than the oyster shells. And in the long run you save money!
With love for all living things,
Crazy Sexy Cool Chicken Momma