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    Default How To Make Your Own Calcium Supplement For Free!

    Soo, I figured out how to make a Calcium Supplement at home, fairly easily.
    You just need Eggshells from Chicken Eggs. The eggshell is pretty much pure Calcium Carbonate, along with small trace amounts of other elements.

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    • 3 Eggshells
    • Boiling Water
    • Microwave
    • Hammer or Rolling Pin
    • Zip-Loc Bag
    • Wood Board
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    Step 1 - Collect your eggshells, clean them out, and remove the membrane.
    Step 2 - Put your eggshells in boiling water for about 5 minutes.
    Step 3 - Remove the eggshells from the boiling water, and stick them in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes.
    Step 4 - Remove the eggshells from the microwave, and place them in a Zip-Loc Bag.
    Step 5 - Start crushing the eggshells with your hammer or rolling pin. Try to make it as fine as possible. It may take a while to get the right consistency.
    Step 6 - Make sure your eggshell has a consistency of flour.
    Step 7 - Give to your gecko!
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    Interesting idea. Seems like a lot of work when I bottle of supplements is only a few dollars and the yield per shell would be pretty low I would think, but if it works for you then go with it.

    Personally, for the amount of Cal I go through a month I'd need a chicken farm to do this, but that's me. :P
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    Someone's been reading reptile care books from the 1940's.

    Mortar and pestle. Do it to it.
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    does the boiling of water and microwave kill any possible salmonella?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    does the boiling of water and microwave kill any possible salmonella?
    Good point! I would think boiling would do it, but not enough of a guarantee to make it worth it, IMO. What I don't understand is why this is better than spending 5 bucks on bottle of reptical.
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    My grandmother use to use eggshells for her african violets. They bloomed all the time But for herps, it seems like more trouble than it's worth, and then there's the other important ingredients in the $5 pot.
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    I'm still going to buy my supplements, I was just showing people that it's possible.
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    I think it's a cute idea for some leo homemakers. I use my garbage for compost though.

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    Ok out of sheer boredom and curiosity I tried this. First of all my microwave did not like having egg shells only, after about 2 minutes loud frying noise and lightning bolts. So my suggestion is if you try this do not microwave, and I don't think you will ever get it fine enough..

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