Seaweed Meal can be used to provide similar results to antibiotics,
but at reduced cost and less consumer concern.
Feeding with seaweed meal improves yolk colour, eggshell strength
and lay. Theres no adverse effect on the storability, flavour
or odour of eggs.
Where low grade or deficient rations are used, Maxicrop Seaweed
Meals balanced organic nutrients ensure improved health and
growth especially in broiler chicks and layers.
Maxicrop Seaweed Meal also provides essential iodine (most animals
require 0.2-0.6 mg/kg feed dried weight), which assists in the absorption
of nutrients and improves feed conversion and live weight gain in
the USA 6,000 hens were fed 1.25% seaweed meal in their normal
ration and this reduced the proportion of thin-shelled eggs
from 3% to 1.9%.
When, after three months, the seaweed addition was stopped,
the proportion of thin-shelled eggs increased again to 3% (SSRA
In trials involving 544 White Leghorn pullets, on a somewhat
deficient diet, egg-laying dropped to between 20% and 30%.
Egg production improved when 8% of Ascophyllum meal was added
to the diet. Results were significantly affected by the timing
and quality of seaweed harvested. (Høie and Sandvik).
In chick trials involving a total of 2,356 chicks, when Ascophyllum
meal was added to chick feed without yeast, grass meal or cod
liver oil but otherwise well-balanced, the seaweed meal produced
additional gain in weight and an improvement in health (Høie
In trials involving 3,052 chicks, supplementation with Seaweed
meal of chick rations deficient in certain vitamins, particularly
A and B, resulted in a marked improvement in growth, feed efficiency
and health (Høie and Sandvik)