Sunday, July 8, 2012

COOKING YOUR EGGSHELLS FOR THE BIRDS


 For many years, I have saved eggshells to give to the birds.  Eggshells are a good source of calcium, which they need for their bones and to help their eggs  have a stronger shell.  When I'm cooking with eggs, I place the eggshell back in the carton and save it until they've all been used.  Then, I place them on a piece of foil and put them in my  toaster oven at about 350 degrees.  I bake them for only a few minutes, until they are slightly browned.  Be careful not to overcook.
Then, I put them in this wrought iron basket and the birds and the squirrels, and not sure who else, love pecking and eating them.  Maybe the squirrels are eating the part of the egg white that is still in them.  And,  there are lots of bugs on the eggs for the birds and squirrels.  If you don't want to bother with hanging them in a tree, you can crumble and place them on the ground in your flower beds and any place that is easy for the birds to find.
By the way, I buy organic cage free eggs. 
 I'm sad for the chickens that are kept in small cages.

34 comments:

  1. You are such a thoughtful person to feed birds and animals eggshells and to put them in a toaster oven for a bit. Sweet! I'm going to try that.
    JM Illinois

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    1. Thank you! Please cook on very low heat and only a very few minutes. If you overcook the eggshells, the smell is really bad. I watch for the browning tips, then take them out of the oven. I see birds and squirrels on them all the time in my yard.

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  2. Very interesting! I'd never heard of this, Lynda. I currently place all my egg shells in my compost pile.

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    1. The birds will find them in your compost pile. Good that you have a compost pile!

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  3. I'm so happy to read what kind of eggs you buy. I also buy the certified cruelty free eggs- my kids call them happy chicken eggs- and now I'm going to save the shells for the birds. Thanks for teaching me something new!

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  4. Great idea. I used to put them out for the chickens, when we had them years ago, but never thought of baking them. I usually compost them now.

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    1. I've been doing it so long, I can't remember the reason I lightly cook them. I think it's so they won't smell like a rotten egg when you put them outside.

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  5. I didn't know that birds would eat egg shells, great idea! Love your basket.
    Very pretty.
    Thanks for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, yes the birds and chickens will eat the eggshells for extra calcium. That basket has been in that tree for years and it still looks good.

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  6. I will start treating my birds and squirrels to "toasted" eggshells; thanks for the tip! I am hoping you bought your eggs from a local farmer as "cage free" eggs purchased at a supermarket could mean 5,000 chickens in a large barn!!! We have free-range chickens and I love to let them free in our garden - they eat the bugs, weeds and help keep me laughing all the time. Bless you, Reba

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    1. You're lucky to have room for your chickens. I do buy "cage free" and am aware that they are still confined and not free. I'm hoping they really are "cage free". You never know for sure. Every once in a while I can find "free range", but not often. I think the reason I started lightly cooking the eggshells is so they would not smell like a rotten egg in the yard.

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  7. This is such a great idea!! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. It really is a good idea for the birds and it's greatly appreciated. It's fun to watch the blue jays get in the basket and scatter everything.

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  8. I have free range chickens and will start saving my egg shells to feed to the birds. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. One of my friends said she fed them to her chickens, too. I guess we could google it.

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  9. As the saying goes, you never get too old to learn. Never heard of this.

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    1. Hi LV, it's calcium and that makes for stronger bird eggshells.

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  10. what a pretty display! and to think that the birds and squirrels enjoy it too. I've never heard of this, but I'm glad I know now.

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    1. Thank you! I think the squirrels are probably going for the bugs collecting in the eggshells.

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  11. Lynda, I am sure that the birds and other critters love you! I have heart of this, but have never tried doing it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I think you can just crumble the eggshells and put them on the ground where the birds will find them.

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  12. This is something I've never heard about. I bet your birds and squirrels feel special!

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    1. Yes, it's good information. I hope the birds feel special, not so much the squirrels :)

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  13. What a great idea this is! I have never heard of it. I just have to remember not to toss the shells in the disposal while I'm cooking! If I could find a gorgeous wrought iron basket to hang them in, I'd be all set!

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    1. It is a helpful idea for the birds. You can google it for more information. I think I got that basket at a plant nursery a long time ago. It never rusts and has looked good for years. Hope you find something, too.

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  14. OH wonderful! I had no idea! The kids and I will be doing this. Thanks for the info!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Blessings,
    Sarah

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    1. I bet your kids will have fun saving the eggshells for the birds. You can google it for more information.

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  15. Interesting idea! I would have never thought to do this. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week :)

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    1. Yes, calcium helps make the bird eggshells a little bit harder and maybe saving the baby birds in the egg.

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  16. Lynda, Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. You'll be featured this week for this great idea!! Have a wonderful week!!
    Hugs
    Jody

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    1. Thank you, Jody!! The pictures of Christianson's Nursery were beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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