By 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.
The chickens 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 whole grain layer mash they’d otherwise consume. What special foods do your critters consume?
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