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Ground Egg Shells – How to Make Your Own Ground Egg Shell Supplement and How Much To Give
A lack of Calcium, or the inability to properly assimilate calcium has began known to cause dental facial problems as an example. Reports, photographs and x-rays made during Dr. Pottengers 10 year Cat Study clearly illustrating this.
Many of the cats eating a “DEFICIENT” diet as deemed by Dr. Pottenger had dental facial problems such as an underbite, cramping of the teeth and in general, under-developed faces.
Although, these problems are irreversible once they have occurred, with kittens and puppies it is very important to try and prevent these problems with good wholesome foods and a quality calcium supplements simply help to provide the calcium needed for living.
There are many functions and benefits beyond the obvious of minerals like calcium. Calcium not only iss important for strong bones, but it also is said to help with blood clotting, activating enzyme action, and helps normalize the contraction and relaxation of the muscles. Don’t under estimate minerals. They are the spark plug of life.
As mentioned earlier, calcium is the single most important supplement you can provide your pets with. An excellent source of calcium for your pets i finely ground egg shells.
The goal that we want to achieve when providing a calcium supplement. Our pets require a 2:1 Ratio between calcium and phosphate. This Ratio I personally follow but others suggest lower ratio, anywhere from 1:1 and everything in between up to 2:1. One reason why I provide or follow the 2:1 Ratio is because ultimately it is better to have more calcium than less calcium. If you follow the 1:1 ratio, then your room for error is non-existent. At the same time, the nutritional content of foods naturally fluctuates. So sometimes the foods days, higher. I also follow the 2:1 Ratio as this is what veternarians such as Dr. Pitcairn and others have suggested.
While its impossible to purrrfectly obtain this ratio (or any ratio) we can, at the very least, get closer to creating this ideal ratio for our pets by using finely ground egg shells as a calcium supplement.
When the body i getting the proper ratio of calcium to phosphorous, then this will help prevent calcium deficiency, will prevent calcium related health problems and will also help prevent problems that are indirectly caused by an imbalance in the calcium to phosphorous ratio. Therefore, ideally I would like to provide a specific amount of calcium based on the meat being fed to help create the 2:1 Ratio. However, since ground egg shells are so concentrated and the difference in the amount of phosphorous in meats is relatively speaking minute, it would be difficult to successfully make serving amounts for ground egg shells that could easily be given for each meat. So for simplicity’s sake, I have created 1 chart for all meats.
Based on my evalation of the nutritional analysis of various meat, the amount suggested is quite close to creating the ideal 2:1 Ratio.
Now wait, I know what some of you are thinking! You are thinking…”how do I know how much meat I am going to be feeding anyway?”
Well not to worry – Part 3 of my book explains how to make and feed. You can also read the page earlier about feeding.
So add the following amount of ground egg shells using the table below:
Weight of Meat: Ground Egg Shells:
100 grams 1/4 tsp:
200 grams 1/2 tsp:
300 grams 2/3 tsp:
400 grams 2/4 tsp:
1/4 pounds 1/4 tsp:
1/2 pounds 1/2 tsp:
3/4 pounds 3/4 tsp:
1 Jumbo Egg or 1 Large Egg 1/8 tsp:
2 Jumbo Eggs or 2 Large Eggs 1/4 tsp:
4 Jumbo Eggs or 4 Large Eggs 1/2 tsp:
6 Jumbo Eggs or 6 Large Eggs 3/4 tsp:
8 Jumbo Eggs or 8 Large Eggs 1 tsp:
How To Make Ground Egg Shell Powder:
If you have access to enough egg shells, and if you have the inclination, you can make your own finely ground egg shell powder.
Remember, even if you don’t have enough egg shells, you can always ask friends, neighbour, relatives and others to save their egg shells for you.
Choose the direction based on the type of eggs you are using…
FREE RANGE EGGS:
1) Simply collect egg shells.
2) Make sure you wash the egg shells very well in hot soapy water and rinse well, (due to Selminella). If you do wash the egg shells, its easier to wash the egg shell before you crack them than after – after I would say and after! Kill of all germs and bacteria.
3) Let the egg shells dry on the stove top, or in the oven (the pilot light will dry the egg shells) or in the sun.
4) Once the egg shells are dry, bake them at 300F. This helps to make the egg shells even more dry and brittle for easier grinding.
5) Add egg shells to a blender, grinder etc… and grind. Keep grinding until there are no sharp pieces. The egg shells should become a powder although most likely it will not be a fine powder. Use a sifter or trainer to remove large and sharp pieces of egg shell.
NON-FREE RANGE EGGS:
1) Simply collect egg shells.
2) Make sure you wash the egg shells, as above.
3) Let the egg shells dry on the stove top, in a gas oven (the piolet light will dry the egg shells) or in the sun.
4) One the egg shells are bone dry, bake them at 300F. This helps to make the egg shells even more dry and brittle for easier grinding. In addition, this helps to get rid of the minerals oils that have been applied to the egg shells to keep them from drying out in the store.
5) Add egg shells to a blender, grinder, etc… and grind. Keep grinding until there are no sharp pieces. The Egg Shells should become powder although most it will not be a fine powder. Use a sifter or strainer to remove large and sharp pieces of egg shells.
EDITOR’S PAW NOTES:
If you are unable or don’t have the time to make your own ground egg shell supplement, then you can order a ground egg shell supplement which is found in my own online shop store.
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