Reuse eggshells – don’t throw them away! If you’ve been tossing your eggshells, I’m about to convince you to keep them. We eat a lot of eggs around here, thanks to our backyard hens. But you won’t find any eggshells in my trash cans. I reuse my eggshells and you can too! There are so many ways you can reuse eggshells right on your homestead.
1 – Compost them!
Eggshells add lovely calcium and other trace minerals to your compost. Then later when you use your compost those minerals will help your garden grow. You can put eggshells straight into your compost bin or let them dry out, crush or pulverize to a fine powder for faster breakdown.
2 – Feed them back to your hens!
Yep, that same calcium you can feed to your compost can also be fed back to your hens. This will give them stronger egg shells (win!). Let your eggshells dry out a day or two. Then crush them and lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake the crushed eggshells at 350 for about 5 minutes. Before you feed them to the girls, you want to make sure they don’t look like eggs (don’t want to teach them any nasty habits); so you can crush them down a bit finer after baking. Then just mix this up with their regular feed.