Seaweed - Where to get it and how long does it last?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DigitalEd, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. DigitalEd

    DigitalEd Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all,
    I've seen DIY feed recipies that call for seaweed. A few questions:
    1) Is it Kelp or are other types ok?
    2) Where do you get it? (I used to live near the coast of Maine but that's a long ways off now)
    3) If you buy it from somewhere, how long does it last? (i.e. Can I buy a large amount and still use it months and months later)

    ----- Ed
     
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can buy seaweed from a petstore but it will be WAY too expensive....go to a japanese store......they'll have it.
     
  3. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered my kelp from www.noamkelp.com. The 50 lb bag I ordered will last longer than the lifespan of my chickens. I give a daily pinch of the stuff in their food once a day and it makes their yolks darker yellow. Too much, however, and the girls won't eat it as it has a faint fishy odor....not objectionable.
     
  4. DigitalEd

    DigitalEd Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:My DW is looking at them. The debate is the 25lbs resealable bucket vs. the 50lb bag......and the winner is 50lb bag. The noamkelp folks say it'll last several years (3-4). Just don't store it anywhere humid (like the damp basement).
     
  5. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get mine from North American Kelp (www.noamkelp.com) also. I live about 1/2 hour from where they harvest and process it, and I know its fresh. I feed it to my chickens, horses, goats, dogs and myself. Tastes like the ocean at low tide smells, but its great stuff. Its reasonly priced, and its granulated so its not dusty at all. Other brands are expensive AND dusty.
     
  6. americancowboy

    americancowboy Out Of The Brooder

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    its so expensive!!! i am making my own feed also and it calls for that but i am thinking of just leaving that one out.
     
  7. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    For my dad's fish tank he gets it from the korean market store. It's fairly cheap and you can buy bulk or little bits.
     
  8. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last time I bought it, I paid 35.00 for 50 pounds. It lasted me, my 3 horses, 12 goats, 9 dogs, and 10 adult chickens over a year.
     
  9. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought kelp meal in spring. Paid $39 for 50 lbs. It is not to bad, and is a great feed additive IMHO. (at around 2% of a feed mix, 50 lbs of kelp goes a long long ways.)

    If one is mixing their own feed I feel it is an important ingredient.

    ON
     

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