Sunshine Coast Chickens follow high protein hemp diet for their chooks

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A plumber and equine scientist are combining forces to create a new chicken food made entirely out of cannabis.

And the chooks are gobbling it up.

Six month ago, after a friend told them about its health properties, Joel McCarthy and fiancé Ely Meggitt started experimenting with hemp, which is made from the cannabis plant.

The product is made solely from the hulling process of Australian grown hemp seed.

Mr McCarthy said they were the first company in Australia to be offering it to the market as chicken feed.

He said the nutritional value of the hemp product was so good that a person would not need to feed the chickens anything else.

While from the same cannabis plant as the drug marijuana, hemp has no psychoactive effect even though it contains a very small amount of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Mr McCarthy and Ms Meggitt are not the first people to be feeding hemp to their chooks.

They said prior to the 1930s, hemp was widely fed to birds in America.