If you think of egg shells, super useful doesn’t really come to mind, but actually, they are. Especially on a homestead, but even in a suburban garden they come in pretty handy.

So, here’s some things you can do with those egg shells left over from breakfast


1. Feed them to your chickens

One of the main things I use them for is as a calcium supplement for our girls. I have a bug bucket by my kitchen door and just throw all my empty egg shells in there, when I have enough, I put them in a baking dish and pop them in whichever oven is hot at the time (pizza, coal or gas) for them to dry out and kill any baddies that might be on them. I let them cool and crush them. Crushing them is quite important as you do not want your chickens catching on that you are feeding them eggs, or they might start helping themselves, which will leave you without any…
Put the crushed shells in a separate feeder to their normal feed as they will help themselves when and if they need extra calcium.

2. Use them in your veggie garden as a pest deterrent

Slugs and snails hate egg shells. They simply cant move over them. The sharp edges of the crushed shells will cut their bodies, which makes it a great pest deterrent. Scatter the crushed shells around your plants and the munchers will stay away.

3. Use them in your veggie garden as food for your plants.

Tomatoes loves a calcium boost. Whenever I plant tomato seedlings, I put a crushed eggshell at the bottom of the hole.

4. Compost them

If you don’t have chickens and prefer not to use them as stated above, simply add them to your compost to use in your garden later. Even if you do not have a composter, you can just crush them and sprinkle them in your garden.


Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.

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