Water kefir and Scobys for probiotics?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AnotherKim, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. AnotherKim

    AnotherKim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have water kefir and Kombucha tea going in a continuous brew. I'm thinking of giving some to my chickens. Has anyone here ever tried water kefir for their chickens? I'm also thinking of throwing them my older scobys. Does anyone else do this? With the continuous brew, my Scobys get huge and thick. I've heard of people cutting them up and drying them for dog treats. I wonder if the chickens would like them, too.
     
  2. redfordchick

    redfordchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea, but I make kombucha too so I want to see what others say!
     
  3. okiemamachick

    okiemamachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mine water kefir (usually when I've let it go too long for my tatse) they love it. I figured it was about the same as giving them yogurt.
     
  4. AnotherKim

    AnotherKim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you give them scobys, or do you just put out a bowl of the tea?
     
  5. glib

    glib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    never tried, but I do put my ACV scobys in my smoothies. They are certainly healthy for me. In any case a scoby is just a huge shot of probiotics.
     
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I have fed my chickens scobys and kefir grains, and know many people who do. They love them, and yes, it's a great source of probiotics.
     
  7. AnotherKim

    AnotherKim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great! My kefir grains are growing like crazy. Now I know I can share them with the birds, lol.
     
  8. Silverose

    Silverose Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some baby chicks, has anyone given their chicks any kombucha? I thought about adding a little to their water like ACV, or should I just stick with the bragg's?
     
  9. okiemamachick

    okiemamachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote it should be fine but I am no expert. I would do it without worry.
     
  10. AnotherKim

    AnotherKim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try giving it to them in a separate dish. I gave some kombucha tea to my hens yesterday. They didn't seem to like it. I'm going to try with the chicks tomorrow.
     

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