1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Fresh kelp & seaweed? Anyone feeding their chickens with it?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kwyjibo, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Kwyjibo

    Kwyjibo Out Of The Brooder

    88
    0
    47
    Jul 1, 2011
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    I live on a beach in the pacific northwest (Puget Sound). Lots of fresh kelp & other seaweeds out there. LOTS!

    It's beautiful stuff. Very fresh & crisp, with lovely colors & textures.

    Anyway, seaweeds are an excellent source of nutrition. I've read a lot about seaweed-based products in prepared, supplement form, but is anyone out there feeding their chickens fresh, off-the-beach seaweeds?
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    9,279
    723
    321
    Apr 11, 2011
    Tn
    Kelp and seaweed are great nutrition for us, but I would be worried about the salt content. Maybe if you wash it really well first. I'm interested to see other opinion on this, even though I don't live anywhere near the beach.
     
  3. Kwyjibo

    Kwyjibo Out Of The Brooder

    88
    0
    47
    Jul 1, 2011
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    Dear Howfunkyisurchicken,

    There are several good threads on the board dealing with kelp products. You're right about the salt - that seems to come up often. Can't remember the consensus. You read enough about what chickens can and can't eat you start to wonder how they make do free ranging on a farm without constant attention to what they're eating.

    I'm not holding my breath for a response. I don't imagine too may people out there have fresh kelp available to them.
     
  4. bert383

    bert383 New Egg

    1
    0
    6
    Jun 13, 2015
    I live in Maine and feed mine fresh seaweed and dry it for winter use as well the salt content is not a bad thing but you can rinse it before you dry it if you want to
     
  5. tierney

    tierney New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Oct 16, 2015
    I brought some seaweed from the beach and soaked it in water for a day, and then rinsed it before giving it to my girls. Anyone have any ideas as to how much is appropriate? I like the idea of drying it for winter.
     
  6. Ra_

    Ra_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    692
    41
    153
    Jan 25, 2010
    North Central Florida
    I think there may be significant differences depending on the species of seaweed?
    I use kelp extract to grow sunflower microgreens for me and my birds.
    This patch is about ready. Should be over 10 pounds. Cost me about $5.
    I sprouted them and then planted them 8 days ago.

    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by