Kelp is a valuable supplement that provides vitamins, minerals, amino acids and carbohydrates that in general, improve the overall health of chickens.
Kelp meal can be fed to baby chicks right after hatch and thorough out the lifetime of the flock.
Many of the minerals include: calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, sulfur, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, selenium.
Vitamins include A, B1, B6, (NIACIN), B12, D, E, and K.
And, kelp contains 21 amino acids that include lysine, hystidine and proline.
By adding kelp to your flocks regular intake at the rate of 1-2% (1/4 cup per 11 lbs of feed) or (1/2 teaspoon to a scoop of plain yogurt) you can expect:
- increased hatchability of eggs
- reduced blood spots and increased golden yolk color
- reduced coccidiosis outbreaks
- bright glossy plumage
- strong development of bone structure
- increased weight gain and overall alertness
Additionally, kelp provides uniform shell texture and structure to maintain proper intestinal flora and bacteria. By adding small amounts of kelp to your poultry’s diet, they will gobble us less food and show an improved overall health, with fewer diseases.
Not only can we as humans benefit, but chickens and their eggs do as well (in fact, gardens veggies, house plants, composts, and feeble soil can too)!
Feeding your chickens kelp is sort of like feeding vegetables to kids. Some may like it, but chances are they won’t snap the granules out of the palm of your hand as they would a worm or piece of fresh zucchini, but certainly try (trying is always worth the chuckle and amusement). Sprinkle a little into the palm of your hand, call your flock, and watch how they respond. Like many new foods, one or two may try it and give you a what-the-scratch-is-this look, followed by scratching the ground for something more appealing. Don’t worry, you haven’t broken their trust. There’s not a doubt in my mind that if you called them back they would come flying on over for that worm or zucchini.
Treats for Chickens Cluck'n Sea Kelp is certified organic.