Can chickens eat algae? Yes. Yes, they can.

You might already that kelp is something healthy to feed your hens, but what about spirulina?

And did you know that soaking wheat can actually improve your flock’s iron absorption?

We’ve dealt with iron deficiency in a couple hens on our farm, and it’s not fun. 

And I’ve learned over the years that it can easily happen if you’re not watching what your flock is eating—and whether other chickens are preventing a hen from eating (which is why it’s so important to put more than one feeder in your coop).

Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which can lead to death, so you definitely don’t want to overlook it!

In this episode of What The Cluck?!we geek out a bit on iron-rich supplements for your hens that might help them recover if they’re suffering from low iron or that can help prevent a deficiency.

And after this episode, I think you’ll look at wheat berries a little differently, too.

You’ll learn:

  • What you can feed your chickens to make sure they don’t become iron deficient
  • What iron deficiency means for your hens’ health
  • Why wheat might play an important role in helping hens suffering from low iron
  • Why I’m going to start giving my flock spirulina

Links we discuss:

Where to buy kelp

Where to buy spirulina

Where to buy wheat berries

I’d like to hear from you!

Do you think you’ll try feeding your hens kelp or spirulina? Leave a comment below!


Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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