The eggshells that I collected over the winter and pulverized have just been sitting in a plastic container. After checking my soil test and noticing the calcium levels in my soil were slightly above what’s needed, I was hesitant to put them into the garden.
The next choice was the chickens. But the shells are almost a powder, and that wouldn’t work free-choice. And I wouldn’t have a clue as to how much could safely be mixed with their feed.
So I did a little more digging (so to speak), and found some stuff about cole crops benefitting from a small dose of ground eggshells. They’re a slow-release type of amendment, so I decided to give it a shot in my cauliflower and broccoli beds. Just a conservative dusting.
I could be wrong. We’ll see.
In the future, I won’t grind them to dust, just small enough that they can be offered to the chickens free-choice.
And the peeps are living it up, sprouting their wing feathers.