We have a pond. Starting in the early spring, the algae on the surface blooms and spreads its bright green color around the pond, stunning us with iridescence. But at mid-point in the summer we decide to slow down that spread of green and harvest the algae for our compost and chickens. This spring we’ve taken some algae earlier, and the chickens are thrilled.
They just love it, and it’s excellent green-matter, apparently full of nitrogen, for the compost.
It’s a good day for the chickens when we feed them algae. At first they hesitate, not so sure about all the tiny “leaves” connected together by tiny filaments. But then the algae is consumed en mass, every last morsel ingested by our egg-layers.
The more we feed our chickens the fruits from our land, the less we spend on the pricey organic soy-free whole grain layer mash they’d otherwise consume. What special foods do your hens consume?
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Our neighbour feeds her chickens fresh banana skins every other day. I have no idea if its a good idea or not but her chooks seem happy enough.
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Oh wow! I’ve never heard of chickens loving banana peels. I’m going to try that with mine!
This is from the RSPCA… It also suggests bananas.
I think it’s all about a wide balanced range of foods. Just like with all animals.
Thank you for this post!! We are new to chickens and ponds with algae, of which we have both!! Going to give harvesting the algae a try, 🙂
Let me know how it goes, Brandi. And welcome to the world of chicken-farming!