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Thread subject: Shelley asks a shell question
Name Date Message
Shelley 05/15/04 05:14 pm Do the birds eat the leftover shells after the chicks hatch? I once heard that it was a good idea to puta bit of crushed eggshell into a birdfeeder as the shell provides protein (or maybe it was calcium?) for the birds, especially in winter.

Is this true or am I completely delusional? If not, then how do they dispose of the shells leftover after the hatchings are done?
FAE 05/15/04 06:21 pm Shelly, I have read that if you put crushed eggshells out for the birds (for calcium) that you should bake them in the oven to kill bacteria. Many people save lots of eggshells and bake all at once. I don't know about the fresh shells in this instance but am inclined to believe they don't eat them.
Shelley 05/16/04 10:25 am Actually, now that you mention that, I do remember that part about needing to bake the shells! I had forgotten it, initially. I agree, I guess the discarded shell bits in the nest either decompose or get tossed out at some point. Thanks, Flo

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