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Duckweed!

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I was pondering over my feed bill. I have two static costs, $12.50 for horse feed and $20.00 for dog food, weekly. I was trying to figure a way to reduce it, when I remembered from my Aquaponics research...DUCKWEED. The amazing, evasive, bothersome but oh-so-tasty...critter chow!

I'm thinking in addition to regular forage and some crumbles or corn, it'd be an excellent 'crop' to grow in my hard-plastic pond liners, harvest, dry, and store. Mix it in with some crumbles and viola! Perhaps even let my ducks go at it when it's fresh.

It's really just a theory, but I'm thinking it may just work. If I could get a nice corn crop next year, dry it, and grind it down into manageable sizes somehow... practically free chicken chow. Grit and oyster shell is relatively cheap, so thats an easy expense.
I bet my rabbits would go nutty for it too. Good grass hay and organic rabbit blocks. Oolala.


Thoughts on this? Lets ignore the labor part of planting, harvesting, drying, etc. It's a labor of love and heavy wallets lol

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I have this in my small pond but never thought about feeding it...its safe for them to eat??

Empty Nester mother of a son and daughter, married for almost 25 years, I have 2 chihuahuas, 30 chickens including Ameraucanas, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Cuckoo Marans, Partridge Plymouth Rocks, Welsummers, Columbian Wyandottes,a bunny and several cats. Life is great!

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Empty Nester mother of a son and daughter, married for almost 25 years, I have 2 chihuahuas, 30 chickens including Ameraucanas, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Cuckoo Marans, Partridge Plymouth Rocks, Welsummers, Columbian Wyandottes,a bunny and several cats. Life is great!

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I've given it fresh to my girls, and they love it!   I too have it in my pond liner as well.   When we don't have apple snails, it stays there, lol!  Chickens also like water hyacynth, hope I spelled that right!   My girls eat all but the roots!!  thumbsup

mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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Duckweed is entirely edible by everything and fairly nutritious.  I used it to balance nutrient levels in my planted filterless fish tanks and would scoop it off to feed to the guinea pigs weekly.

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