If you have backyard chickens, you probably get a lot of eggs and therefore, end up with a lot of eggshells. Do you have any uses for eggshells? What do you do with them all? Well, you’ve probably been just throwing them out.
If you have just been throwing your eggshells out, stop! We try to use everything on our homestead. And, there are several uses for eggshells that you can start with to keep from wasting them.
Here are 5 Uses for Eggshells so they don’t go to waste:
1. Feed your eggshells to your chickens.
This is one of the best uses for eggshells. They work super great because they are full of calcium which is something chickens need anyway to lay eggs with strong shells. If you just crush the eggshells up, you can add them into a feeder or straight into the feed for your chickens.
From chicken to egg back to chicken to an even stronger egg. I think they call that the circle of life.
2. Put them in your garden as a deterrent for slugs.
Slugs are a HUGE problem when it comes to trying to grow a big and healthy garden. Fortunately, one of the uses for eggshells is to crush them and sprinkle them around your plants.
Now, be warned if you have a soft spot in your heart for slugs. The reason this works (in theory anyway is because the broken eggshells will essentially cut the slugs belly up and it will die.
3. A great use for eggshells is to add them to your compost pile.
This is one of the most simple uses for eggshells. Depending on how often your chickens lay will determine how many eggshells you will have for your compost pile.
If you can’t think of any other uses or you just don’t want to add the extra work, adding them to your compost pile is a great option.
Simply take your eggshells and toss them into your compost pile. If you don’t have a compost pile, you can crush them and put them directly into your garden soil.
4. Start Seedlings in them.
This is one of the most environmentally friendly uses for eggshells. For the best results, many plants do better when you start them inside.
You can use Jiffy Seed Trays or you can use eggshells which are free!
Try to keep the eggshell mostly in tact, add soil and your seeds.
Then the eggshell can just be crushed when you go to transplant your seedlings.
5. Make Decorative Ornaments.
Try blowing out your eggshells (the contents – You can still eat the egg white and egg yolk) and decorate them to make ornaments. Here is a tutorial on how to do this.
If you have so many eggs that you are looking for uses for eggshells, you may also need to do something with all the eggs. Try freezing eggs to keep them good for later use.