Don’t Toss Those Shells!

Don't Toss Those Shells!

( – Modern-day society has become wasteful. In fact, the average person in the United States tossed roughly 4.9 pounds of trash every day. But how much of that garbage could have avoided the landfill had the owners known just how useful it really is?

For those who are concerned with the environment, or have a desire to become self-reliant, upcycling is a powerful tool. This practice literally transforms trash into treasure. One all too often tossed product that has a variety of helpful uses is eggshells.

Whether they come from a chicken, duck or another bird, eggs are a good source of protein and are easy to prepare in a number of ways. Fortunately, their usefulness goes well beyond the kitchen. For example, their shells are an egg-cellent source of calcium for your pets.

To benefit your furry friends, crush the empty shells into fine pieces and add to the feed. Even the chickens that lay the eggs, if you have any, can benefit from the calcium boost; simply throw the shells into their enclosure or coop.

Add finely ground eggshells to your compost or even directly to your soil. Shells can double as a fertilizer, and act as a pest repellent, fending off snails, slugs, cutworms and even cats or deer.

Not all eggs are equal, and each type of bird has its own husbandry requirements. If you’re indecisive about where your stock should come from, check out some pros and cons of raising ducks and chickens.

Did you know eggshells could be used in so many different ways? Would you ever consider trying one of these? Reply to your email and let us know, we would love to hear from you!

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