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Wild Facts: Calcium for birds
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After laying eggs, female songbirds often lack calcium. You can help them replenish this important nutrient by
providing your leftover eggshells. Simply rinse the eggshells in plain water,
dry them and then bake them on a cookie sheet at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes (or until the edges just start to turn brown). After cooling, crush the eggshells into small pieces.
These tidbits of calcium are then ready to be placed in a platform birdfeeder, along a deck railing or scattered on
the ground. Many song
bird species, including insect eaters that normally don't
visit feeders,may be drawn to your yard by eggshell offerings.
WILD Facts is a regular
feature written by Linda
May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.
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