Adding charcoal to feed mix

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by adni02, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. adni02

    adni02 Chirping

    Feb 4, 2013
    I was thinking about adding some charcoal in feed mix, but not suee how, i mean should i ground it in fine powder form or just cruch it in small grain size pieces and mix it with feed?
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Why do you want to add charcoal to the feed?

    You can do it, in grain sized pieces or dust is fine, but of course they will be ingesting very little or even no nutrients from the feed if you add charcoal to it. It absorbs everything, pretty much, not just toxins. It will also absorb the vitamins.

    You can add feed to it to make them eat it. Mine used to eat the little bits they found after fires as well. You can add yoghurt to it to inspire them to eat it, or other stuff, but whatever food you add to it will likely be made null, so to speak, as far as nutrient value goes.

    Are you sure it's from a good source, incidentally? Some people think any charcoal will do but you can't go using charcoal from treated wood or fires containing synthetic or chemical products without expecting harm to be done by it.

    Best wishes.

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