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One More Reason to Love Chickens

May10

They like green tea.

“So what?”, you might say…but think about this:

Chickens not only can eat green tea grounds, but they benefit from it.  They have fewer parasites, which leads to healthier chickens and therefore healthier eggs.

“So what?”, you might say…but think about this:

Green tea grounds come from making green tea.  Green tea can be used to make Thai iced tea.  So, it stands to reason that for the sole benefit of my lovely ladies, I must consume more Thai iced tea.

The chicken gods are smiling on us, this day.

I’ve been buying instant Thai tea in single-serve packets, and thought I’d save some money by getting a larger packet instead.  I didn’t pay enough attention though, and ended up with just plain ol’ Thai tea.  Panthai Thai Tea

Fine…I did some googling and found that it’s not a complicated thing, making your own Thai tea.  I made it stovetop this time, but I’ll probably try making it in the coffee pot next time, see how that turns out.

Anyway, I made a big batch and stored the resulting tea in a 1/2 gallon mason jar.  That did leave me with a large mess of used tea leaves, and what the heck do you do with that?

I’ve somehow turned into one of those people who actually care about food leavings.  Probably the chickens did it to me, because every time I have scraps I think, “garbage, or chickens?”.  With tea I wasn’t sure though.  I have been tossing out a bit of coffee grounds for them, maybe once a week, but I had no idea about tea leaves.  Google again.  And here is what I found: Green tea can help the immune system of the chickens.

Fantastic.  Now, I can drink my Thai tea, usually a special treat, as much as I like.  And I can feel good about it.  My chickens will be better for it, and that makes me happy.

Now, if only I could find a study that tells me that chickens benefit from eating chocolate wrappers.

posted under Food, General Chickenery

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