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Can Hens Drink Whey?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MedSchlFarmers, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chirping

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    I have liquid whey, a byproduct of making homemade yogurt. Can the chickens drink the liquid whey? If offered in a separate dish?
     

  2. Pendragonz

    Pendragonz Chirping

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    No problem it's a good source of food for them. I've heard that they really like it, though I've not had any experience with it personally.
     
  3. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chirping

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    Thanks! Ill give it a whirl today.
     
  4. Lee-Anna

    Lee-Anna In the Brooder

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    I'm curious how they liked it. I also make our own and sometimes have whey coming out my ears there is so much.
     
  5. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chirping

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    Well, I put it out in a small dish, they all took drinks while I stood there. I left for about an hour or so and came back and it was gone! I am not sure if they spilled it or drank it all? Their run is dirt right now, so I am pretty sure I would have been able to tell if they spilled it. Next time I will watch them with it a little longer.
     
  6. caj1985

    caj1985 Songster

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    I'm not sure about chickens, but I know that my pigs love the stuff. An easy way to keep the chickens from wasting it would be the same way I do with the pigs. Dampen a bowl of their feed with the whey to whatever consistency you like that will stay in the bowl. I'm pretty sure it will be gone in a heartbeat. It would probably be excellent for chicks, similar to fermented feed.
     
  7. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chirping

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    Wonderful! Thank you, I will do that.
     

  8. Beth the chicken mama

    Beth the chicken mama In the Brooder

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    Yes, they love the whey I strain out from my homemade yogurt.
     
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    I often add extra whey to my fermented feed. If I have milk that does not pass the sniff test, I set it out to clabber, and then give it to the flock. They love it.
     

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