ilchianti wrote:y didn't establish whether it was the tannins themselves that affected the chickens or something else in the acorn (tannin content was assumed to be the culprit).
n poultry, small quantities of tannins in the diet cause adverse effects
* levels from 0.5 to 2.0% can cause depression in growth and egg production,
* levels from 3 to 7% can cause death.
This paper on effects of diets containing acorns on growth and laying performance includes data for effects of diets supplemented with 1 or 2% tannin on laying performance and egg quality. The results show that addition of tannin to the diet decreases shell thickness and Haugh score of the eggs. These adverse effects of dietary tannin could be alleviated by supplementation of the diet with 0.4% methionine and 0.4-0.8% choline.
Allan Laal wrote:I fed my chickens acorns too, they loved it. Im always experimenting with new stuff to feed them and see if it kills them or feeds them
Acorns would be a good way to store food for the long winter. Only thing is that each acorn needs to be crushed/split, so the chickens could eat the innards.
Is there any way to crush/split acorns on a massive scale? I tried my old manual meat mincer and it did not work at all.
How about storing the acorns? My guts tell me that it would be wiser to dry them out and then store them like they are, as opposed to crushing them all at once and then storing the mush. Tell me your ideas on the matter!