|Recycle your Easter Egg Shells|
Rinse the eggshells and put them in a bag in the freezer. When you have a dozen stored up, spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 250 degrees to make them safe for bird consumption. Or put them on a plate or paper towel in the microwave on high for about 1.5 to 3 minutes.
Have fun smashing the shells into pieces and scatter on a platform feeder or mix with your seed. You can offer eggshells year-round. Eggshells are about 95% calcium carbonate which is important especially in the spring when females need it to produce their own eggs. Also birds “chew” their food in the muscular part of their stomach, the gizzard. To aid in the grinding, birds swallow small, hard materials such as sand, small pebbles or ground eggshells. Putting eggshells on the menu may even attract species that don’t usually come to seed feeders, like orioles, gnatcatchers, and some species of warblers.
And for gardeners, eggshells around the base of plants deters snails and slugs from crossing the sharp eggshells barrier to reach your plants. It also boosts the nutrients in the soil and can be mixed together with dried coffee grounds, which provides a high content of nitrogen, to keep your plants healthy.
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