Does anyone feed their chickens Duckweed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nayeli, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to find alternatives for my chickens to just the scratch. I'm experimenting with Fermenting foods and think I'll sprout again (forgot the name for that) but I ran across duckweed. It is supposed to be high protein and with winter coming it might help since most greens won't be prevalent for them.
     
  2. kacklinghen

    kacklinghen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a guy on you tube and he swears by it. feeds it to his hens all the time and he has eggs with a good rich yolk
     
  3. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a video. I'd like to talk to another BYC member though, figure out their set up etc. Then decide if I want to try it!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Silly Keeper...Duckweed's for Ducks!

    Sorry, silly Trix cereal reference.

    How will you grow it over winter? Not sure of your location.
     
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  5. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would grow it inside probably.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I think you'll need a full spectrum bulb.

    I had overwintered 3 or 4 water plants once, duckweed was one of them...I can't remember exactly but none of them did real well, water lettuce and hyacinth did not make it.
     
  7. Quailsong

    Quailsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do. It's a treat for the growing season, but for sure if it didn't get so cold here (and our crazy electricity bill wasn't an issue) then I'd grow it year-round.

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    Edit: I should add I DO grow it year-round in small amounts in a natural-based aquarium inside the house. But nowhere near enough to be a full staple for my entire flock.
     
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