Feeding Chickens From the Fat of the Land — That Means Algae

By Liesl Clark

Dragon and Algae Photo © Liesl Clark

We have a pond. In the summer months the algae on the surface blooms and spreads, its bright green stunning us with iridescence. But at mid-point in the summer we decide to slow down the spread and harvest the algae for our compost and chickens.

Pond Algae Photo © Liesl Clark

The chickens love it, and it’s excellent green-matter, apparently full of nitrogen, for the compost.

Algae-Eating Chickens Photo © Liesl Clark

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.

Algae Munching Photo © Liesl Clark

The more we feed our chickens the fruits from our land, the less we spend on the pricey organic whole grain layer mash they’d otherwise consume. What special foods do your critters consume?

Algae-Enhanced Eggs Photo © Liesl Clark

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