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Hops Dangerous for Chickens?

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by jalbert404, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. jalbert404

    jalbert404 New Egg

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    We have a cattle panel hoop style run/coop for our chickens. I was thinking of growing hops vines on the run this year to give shade (they can grow to 20 ft in a year and die back in the winter). Anyone know if the vine or the hops would be dangerous for laying hens?
     
  2. DrMikelleRoeder

    DrMikelleRoeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There should be no danger. In fact, the ARS (Agricultural Research Service) reported back in 2008 that hops contain a substance that may help to control pathogenic bacteria in the intestines of chickens. More work is being done with the compound of interest to see if it would be a viable alternative to antibiotics in poultry products. I wouldn't go over board feeding hops, though -- you may end up with some interesting flavors in your eggs. :)
     
  3. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dr. Roeder, I just want to say it's good to read your posts.


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    I am sure I speak for many folks on here.
     
  4. jalbert404

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    Thank you for the reply. I hadn't even thought about the egg 'flavoring" possibilities, lol
     

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