atSo as stated in my previous post I've been adding flax meal to the treat mash I make for my chickens but wasn't sure about adding ground hemp. Well I just did some quick research on ground flax and was shocked to find that flax seeds contain an amount of cyanide!! I had no idea! People add it to their smoothies all the time!
Several of the articles I read stated that large amounts of flax are not good for poultry or other livestock for that matter. One article said 11lbs of flax soaked in water could kill a horse! Apparently the moisture is what releases the cyanide. I also read that flax can cause liver issues in poultry if fed larger amounts over time and can affect egg flavor. I believe the article said if flax was 28% or more their diet.
On the other hand, I read some other forums where people said they've been feeding flax to their flock for years with no ill effects claiming glossier feathers and higher Omega-3 levels in the eggs (although I don't know how they substantiated the Omega 3 claim). They also didn't elaborate on how much flax they were feeding or how often so not much help or reassurance that it's safe at certain percentages.
I don't feed my flock a lot of it, maybe just shy of 1/8 of a cup in the mash I make for them but now I'm not going to give it to them at all and do more research on ground hemp and chia as a healthier addition to their diet.