Discussion created on 01/25/2016

Algae as a potential poultry feed supplement

Has anyone ever tested algae (with Omega 3) as a poultry feed supplement?

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Lode Nollet Lode Nollet
Product Manager Enzymes
January 27, 2016
yes I have many time. it is not a bad product however the economics of it mostly ends up negative - meaning there is no or very little return on investment.
unless you want to make omega 3 meat or products - then it is a better choice than fish oil or linseed oil as the off-flavour is less.
Andrew Sivaram Andrew Sivaram
Animal Nutritionist
February 5, 2016
While Kelp Meal has been used in layer feeds as a way to improve eggshell appearance and colour, the benefits of using Omega-3 enriched algae is questionable as there is no clear cut nutritional requirement of Omega-3 for poultry. I would only use it if I wish to produce Omega-3 enriched eggs for human consumption.
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