hemp for chickens?

igorsMistress

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Thanks for the link! Interesting read.

I give a good sized handful of hemp seed to my flock once a week as a treat. They love em with a few meal worms and dry oatmeal.

The beetle green on my Australorp is amazing, and in my roos tail as well.

Been feeding this to birds for as long as I can remember. Wouldn't hurt to add the seed to what you're currently feeding.
 

Patinas

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Interesting article! I already feed my flock flax meal as part of their treat mash that I make but always looking for healthy things to add to it. I was on Amazon the other day shopping for bulk flax meal and saw the ground hemp but wasn't sure if it should be fed to chickens. Now I know!! :)
 

Patinas

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So 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.
 

Walrus Eggman

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oh wow that is scary about the flax and cyanide (good to know!)
So 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.
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barn206

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Years ago we gave our pigeons hemp seed. It made the birds very flighty. We didn't give it often (once in a while) but the birds flew to the pins after they ate it.
 

centrarchid

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In terms of relative amounts, no single feed-stuff I use exceeds exceeds 10% of diet. Exceptions are corn (maize), soybeans, and oats that each are not allowed to exceed 25% of the total diet. Feed-stuffs, not thoroughly vetted or otherwise known to contain toxins, are kept lower but still included but may not be fed on a sustained basis. A good example with my formulation of use of alfalfa pellets that contain salt. The pellets are fed for only a day or two at a time with several days between mixing it in.
 

Titan Farm

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I use Hemp Seed in my feed mix and been doing so for about 15 years now. I never did liked flax/linseed and to much flax can and will harm your birds.

(Some side effects of feeding too much Flax/ linseed to poultry are; liver hemorrhage, reduced feed intake, loss of bird size, loss of egg and yolk size, off or fish smelling eggs.)
 

silky ma

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Hemp is an industrial product! I will not be feeding it to my brood.
 
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