Feeding Bee Pollen to Chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Earth Mama, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Earth Mama

    Earth Mama New Egg

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    Hey there! I keep bees and let my chickens clean out hive frames that have hive beetle and wax moth larvae. My chickens also seem to love the bee pollen. Any other beekeepers out there giving bee pollen to their chickens?
     
  2. ChickyBangBang

    ChickyBangBang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW!! Bees scare the daylights out of me (I'm allergic) but I find this very interesting!! It's neat how your chickens help you clean up and get tasty little treats at the same time!
     
  3. snowpetals907

    snowpetals907 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bee pollen is supposed to be AWESOME for birds. There is a lot of vitamins and minerals in it for them. I've fed it to my pigeons but haven't tried giving it to my chickies yet. Next time I get some I will :)
     
  4. Earth Mama

    Earth Mama New Egg

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    It's good to know that letting my chickens help me with my hives also benefits them. Win-win!:)
     
  5. snowpetals907

    snowpetals907 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here's an article from: http://www.thebirdforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8903



    Bee pollen is a complete food. Its benefits to humans has been known since ancient times. Studies have shown that it meets all nutritional needs of humans and most animals. More and more bird owners and breeders recognize its value. Bee pollen is the male reproductive part of every plant. It contains the DNA and RNA of the plant. According to some researchers eating food rich in genetic material, like DNA and RNA, speeds up the process of healing.

    Bee pollen is a whole food supplement that contains (found by French, British and American researchers) at least 130 substances of nutritional significance. The high quality protein exceeds the amount in beef or chicken. Bee pollen is composed of about 50% carbohydrates, rich in fatty acids, almost all known minerals, amino acids, enzymes, trace elements, vitamins like B complex, A,C,D,E, beta carotene, an antibiotic potent against E.coli.

    Bee Pollen Contains:
    Vitamins: Vitamin A, B1 Thiamin, B2 Riboflavin, B3 Niacin, B6 Group, Vitamin B complex, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, B12, Folic Acid, Choline, Inositol, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and Rutin.

    Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphur, Sodium, Chlorine, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Zinc, Silicon, Molybdenum, Boron, Titanium, Magnesium.

    Enzymes: Amylase, Diastase, Saccarase, Pectase, Phosphatase, Catalase, Disphorase, Cozymase, Cytochrome, Lactic, Dehydrogenase, Succiniohydrogenase, 24 Oxido-Reductases, 21 Transferases, 33 Hydrolases, 11 Lyases, 5 Isomerases, Pepsin, Trypsin.

    Amino Acids: Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Thereonine, Alanine, Valine, Histidine, Arginine, Cystine, Aspartic Acid, Phenylalanine, Proline, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Serine, Tryptophan, Tyrosine.

    Others: Nucleic Acids, Flavinoids, Phenolic Acids, Tarpenes, Nucleosides, Fructose, Fructose, Gibberellins, Resins, Lecityin, Xanthophyllis, Guanine, and Xanthine

    The main components are: Protein 21.2 %; Carbohydrates 48.5%; Fatty Acids 9.9%; Ash 2.7%; Fiber 3.5 %; Water 14.2%

    Feeding bee pollen prevents nutritional imbalance, deficiencies, accumulation of toxins in the body and helps strengthen the immune system and prevent disease. The important thing with bee pollen, like with every other herb, supplement, and food, etc., is to make sure to buy a fresh high quality product. Bee pollen is considered a complete food with its nutritional balance in protein, carbohydrates, fats and all the other nutrients it contains. It is the richest food in nature
     
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  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Just wanted to point something out on the post above.
    The Male reproductive part of flowering plants is called a Stamen and consists of an anther (which produces pollen) and a filament.

    Chris
     

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