Free Feed: Cooking eggs for chickens

Confession time, my chickens are spoiled. It's true. I really pamper them, in fact....I cook for my chickens. No no,.....I don't cook my chickens, silly! I cook them breakfast! Usually it's what I call scrambled poopy eggs. Bear with me here because its not quite as gross as it sounds! 

I have a few hens that like to hang out in the nest boxes longer then they should. I also have a few banty's that like to sleep in the nest boxes. It's only makes sense that sometimes a bit of chicken poo winds up in the nest boxes. I clean them out in the mornings, but if someone already laid an egg by the time I get there....yuck! That one goes straight to the 'poopy egg basket'. 

Now, I know that many people just scrape or wipe off the eggs and use them, and for eating that is usually fine. However, I hatch most of my eggs and I have a fear of introducing bacteria into my incubators. It could ruin a whole hatch if an egg would spoil and explode during incubation. There's a reason they're called stink bombs! Since I incubate most of our eggs, this leaves me with an often full 'poopy egg basket'. 

eggs, cooked and ready to feed ot the chickens

Chickens love to eat eggs!

I started feeding them back to the chickens. It's simple really. I wash the eggs first under running water. I heat up the skillet, get some oil out of the deep fryer (they don't seem to mind and it makes some space for new oil next time I fry) and start cracking eggs. I fry them up just like regular scrambled eggs, then let them cool and toss to the hens! 

If you are so inclined, the next step would be to rinse the egg shells and either let them dry or dry them in the oven (set on low). Crush up the shells and offer them to the chickens in a small dish just as you would oyster shell.  Here is How I use eggshells as a calcium supplement for the chickens.

During the summer when the garden is at full speed, we often have extra produce like zucchini or tomatoes. I chunk up any bruised or bug bitten veggies and add them in with the eggs before serving. The chickens and guineas love it and it makes me feel a whole lot better about the diets of the ones that can't free range! Plus, it is an awesome use for food that normally would just go in the compost pile. Well, I guess it's still going to the compost pile....just taking a trip through a chicken first. Ewww!

Have a great morning!

~L 

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6 comments:

  1. Ok, you are my hero! you cook for chickens? Our poor girls (who are loved by the way) get only scraps... The most i do is water the dry bread... and dry their egg shells... Am I a bad mommy? I sure feel like it after reading your post ;-)
    Keep up the good work - for us slackers ;-)

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    1. No...you're not a bad mommy! I'm sure they love their bread treat! I actually starting cooking for them so I wouldn't just waste the dirty eggs and once I realized how much free food I could get out of the garden for them, I was hooked! I guess I'm cheap that way ;-)
      ~L

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  2. I am cracking up because I just cooked for my chickens! Got a bunch of eggs and scrambled them and added in leftovers from the fridge. They gobbled it up!

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    1. I give mine leftovers too! I have to admit I even heat them up in the winter! lol It all goes in a big pot with some water and they get a nice warm breakfast. Spoiled little brats. ;-)
      ~L

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  3. I think it's awesome that you cook for your chickens. I cook for mine all the time- I make them oatmeal with hot milk when we've got extra milk and all kinds of kitchen scraps. I love your idea of saving the dirty eggs to cook and feed back to them- I just set aside a bucket to collect my dirty eggs in. Thanks for the inspiration

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  4. Ohh, mine love warm oatmeal in the winter too! Hubby keeps telling me I need to calculate cost per morning if I use those big bags of rice from Sams club. We'll find out if buying in bulk works for chickens too!

    ~L

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