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#47358 - 05/27/05 04:11 PM Nutritional content of egg shells...
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Is it significant? Some diets say egg shells are optional, some say leave them out and some say leave in. Is the calcium content in egg shells worth mentioning or is it just a little boost that doesnt matter either way. And if it is significant could egg shells be another source of calcium for wild gliders. Just a question that came up and i couldnt answer in my own internet searching- any thoughts?? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nixweiss.gif" alt="" />

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#47359 - 05/27/05 09:06 PM Re: Nutritional content of egg shells... [Re: ]
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i can't speak for gliders, but i know with chickens they will take (when ?oyster? shells were low) egg shells and feed them to em so that the eggs they lay will not be "soft shelled" (actually REALLY cool looking/feeling). so i'd imagine if it effects chickens it'd probably effect gliders, too... though i can't tell you to what extent.

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#47360 - 05/27/05 10:34 PM Re: Nutritional content of egg shells... [Re: ]
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I believe that there is some calcium content to egg shells, but it is just a belief. I am sure there is someplace to look it up, I just don't know where. The BML recipe I use says that she leaves them in, so I think it is optional. I put them in for two reasons, first, I am lazy, it is easier not to shell them. Second, I think there is calcium in the shells, and I try to get them as much natural calcium as I can. Vitamins just don't absorb as well as natural stuff.
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#47361 - 05/27/05 11:50 PM Re: Nutritional content of egg shells... [Re: ]
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well, if you do decide to leave them in, it says to be 110% SURE that all the peices are broken up very miniscule(sp?).. otherwise it has a danger of internal cutting...

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#47362 - 05/28/05 08:59 AM Re: Nutritional content of egg shells... [Re: ]
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I give hard boiled eggs to our gliders with the shells on (cut into eights, two pieces per glider). I give them with the shells because I believe they have extra calcium.... Some days I'll find the shells eaten, other times they leave them.

OK, here's what I found online </font><blockquote><font class="small">Quote:</font><hr />
The shell accounts for about 9 to 12% of its total weight depending on egg size. It comprises about 94% calcium carbonate with small amounts of magnesium carbonate, calcium phosphate and other organic matter including protein. Shell strength is influenced by ... the hen's diet, particularly its calcium, phosphorus, manganese and vitamin D intake.

<hr /></blockquote><font class="post"> And here is a link for almost everything you'd want to know about eggs.

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#47363 - 05/28/05 09:21 AM Re: Nutritional content of egg shells... [Re: ]
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I use the eggs in the BML. It is ground up so small in the blender that you can't even see it. I tried scrambled eggs with them, and that was a no-go. I haven't tried boiled eggs.
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#47364 - 05/30/05 06:53 PM Re: Nutritional content of egg shells... [Re: ]
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For what it's worth, here is my two cents... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
I spoke with an animal nutritionist (has master's degree in animal sciences and designs feed with vet approval for his business) Anyway, he seems well informed and says egg shells are an important source of calcium for other animals (domesticated). So, I feed the shells, but break them up small and crush them in the blender, too.

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#47365 - 05/30/05 07:12 PM Re: Nutritional content of egg shells... [Re: ]
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Joy the chickens have an organ that is called its craw. Although they get calcium from the oyster and egg shells one of the functions of these items is to grind up the food the chicken eats before it continues into the digestive tract. They will swallow small pebbles or sand when other things are not available. (A little chicken lore)
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