(Occasional) Daily Tips for Living Small ~ ODTLS#1

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This was going to be Living Small Tips of the Day, but that sounded like an odd STD, so I revised it … and, knowing me, it will probably not be “daily”!

This is a bowl of eggshells:

eggshells

So, why would I care about a big bowl of eggshells?

1.  Most of us eat eggs.

2.  It is an easy adjustment to not throw the shells in the garbage.

She said what?  Don’t throw them away???

This bowl is an accumulation of about 4 dozen shells, collected over 2 weeks or so.  (good grief, we ate 16 for dinner last night …)  It is one of my biggest annoyances to send biodegradable stuff to a landfill.  Eggshells, in particular, are extremely nutritious for our environment.  Did you know that chickens can and should eat eggshells to increase their calcium to produce better eggs?  Google it.

http://www.backyardchickens.com is a great resource if you want to keep chickens in your backyard …

… which I highly recommend.

… But I digress …

OK, so what do I suggest you do with your eggshells?

Trust me, they will NOT smell or attract bugs while they dry out.  Even in my tiny RV, I can spare a little counter space for a bowl or some other vessel to hold the shells.  They need a little breathing room, so try not to stack the halves inside of each other.  After a few days – (or less, if you choose to put the bowl on the hood of your car in the sun for an afternoon or two) – they will be dry enough to pound into tiny pieces.  This activity is an excellent way to work out your frustrations.  Kids love to do it, too.  No fancy tools required:  just use the bottom of a glass, or a jar, or a wooden spoon to pulverize them.  (a mortar and pestle will work better than plastic, but i said “no fancy tools”)  Try to get the pieces as much like powder as possible.

When they are not identifiable as eggshells, you can spread them in ANY flower bed or potted plant without anyone knowing what you are doing!  If you have a worm bin, this is excellent food for them.

**And as a bonus lesson, pay attention to where your eggs come from.  Did you know that “cage-free” isn’t necessarily a good thing?  Farmers can cram thousands of chickens in a barn, where they never see light of day – but they aren’t in CAGES.  Many still use antibiotics and most trim the beaks … and I won’t even tell you how short their lives are …  Start in your backyard, or at least your community.  Yes, they are probably more expensive, but they are BETTER!

Hooray!  Look what you learned on the internet today!!

Love, from your hippie friend,

–janis

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2 responses »

  1. Could not agree with you more! When we had our sticks & bricks, we had a dozen chickens, nine of which were egg laying (six Rhode Island Reds, one Turkin, a Gold Comet and a Barred Rock. The three roosters were gorgeous Leghorns; but, not very friendly – so, they were isolated most if the time. The RI Reds produced the most. Talk about hearty eggs! And the flavor they provided was outstanding. We have noticed the price of backyard eggs cost about 2-3 dollars per dozen. Well worth it.
    Great post! It brought back many fond memories of having chickens…

    • i was payin $5 per dozen in Oregon! We just won’t have eggs if i can’t get backyard eggs. after having hens of our own, nothing else makes sense.

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