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Save Those Eggshells!

When I was a child, I had an elderly neighbor. Everyone called her 'Granny'. She kept chickens in a penned lot in back of her home. When she threw laying mash to her hens, she always included a smattering of crushed eggshells. Now, I know why. When eggs begin to form in a female bird, the bird seeks additional calcium in her diet. This extra calcium helps to strengthen her eggshells.

I wash, crush, and dry eggshells throughout the year. I try to keep at least a pint on hand. When spring arrives and I see new faces outside my window, and hear all those mating calls, I know it's time to add a few eggshells along with the bird seed to the feeders.

Keep a few of those eggshells for another reason. Adding a teaspoon or so to the bottom of the hole when planting tomatoes will do wonders at stopping blossom end rot. You will be supplying a slow release form of calcium which is better than the blossom end rot sprays you buy. The sprays are not cheap. The eggshells are free. Your choice. If you happen to have a bottle of blossom end rot spray around, check the label. You'll find the active ingredient is no more than a liquid form of calcium.

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May 10, 20130 found this helpful

Good tip. When we were watching the eagle cam, one of the eggs got broken when the eagle was harassed by another eagle. The egg did not go wasted. The mom ate it. According to the website, they do this for the calcium.

During the winter, I saved all of my egg shells by crushing them and putting them into freezer bags and freezing them. When we plant the tomato plants, I will be putting a handful in the hole with the plant. This is the first year trying this so I'm expecting some great results.

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July 29, 20130 found this helpful

Our tomatoes did not have blossom rot this year and the vines are loaded with tomatoes. Putting a handful of crushed egg shells in the hole with the plant made the difference. I have started saving them again for next year's planting.

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October 13, 20140 found this helpful

I have always saved my egg shells to go in my flower beds. I don't have chickens and had not thought about adding egg shells to wild bird feed. But I will now! Thanks for the tip.

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