Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by IcarusSomnio, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2010
    Vernon County, MO
    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 [​IMG]
  2. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I have this in my small pond but never thought about feeding it...its safe for them to eat??
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    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, [​IMG]! Chickens also like water hyacynth, hope I spelled that right! My girls eat all but the roots!! [​IMG]
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    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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