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Seaweed as chicken food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wildswanfarm, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. wildswanfarm

    wildswanfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Hello all. We fed fresh seaweed to our ladies on Galiano Island and now live on Vancouver Island. When we have our new coop ready, we'll be feeding them the seaweed again as it is easy for us to get it. Ocean is real close by. We found that the eggs were bright orange and tasted great, even after 3 months of seaweed.
     
  2. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Neat! You're not only feeding them seaweed, though, right?
     
  3. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you wash the seaweed first? What about the salt content?
     
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How interesting! Yes, please do tell if you did anything special to it prior to feeding.
     
  5. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Yay Chicks! :

    How interesting! Yes, please do tell if you did anything special to it prior to feeding.

    x2​
     
  6. Tallulah Chicklet

    Tallulah Chicklet Out Of The Brooder

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    Yay Chicks! :

    How interesting! Yes, please do tell if you did anything special to it prior to feeding.

    X3​
     
  7. DFCottage

    DFCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seaweed is super for chickens. I recently started mine on what has traditionally been just a horse supplement in the past, called Source. Lots of vitamins and minerals.. apparently the studies they did showed it helped with egg production and fertility.


    http://www.4source.com/index2.shtml
     
  8. coltsfoot

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    My girls love seaweed. I bring a bunch back for them as a treat whenever I go to the beach. I just throw it in our compost pile and let them pick at it as they please. Bring back some coral weed for them (Coralina officianalis). It has a calcium carbonate skeleton.[​IMG]

    Being that it's just a snack on top of their regular free-ranging and store-bought feed I don't bother rinsing it but if you're going to be feeding your birds large quantities of seaweed, I recommend soaking it in a bucket of water for about 15 min first. You can always give the seaweed a taste to check and repeat as necessary...
     

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