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Chickens eat fish?

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Ok, I live right on a canal next to the Gulf and we've caught a few fish, lots of minnows but we never know what to do with them...I don't really like fish and my wife thinks they're too cute to eat. So we just throw them back in, or throw it in our crab trap.

Would it be good for the chickens if I throw a fish in with them? Will they eat it? Do I have to worry about the bones and all of that? Or what about dead crabs?

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post #2 of 33

Chickens will eat just about anything.  I'd feed them minnows.

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post #3 of 33

I've read that they will eat fish.  Never tried it though.

post #4 of 33

LOLOLOL! Chickens are miniature, oddly shaped, pigs, covered in feathers, they eat anything...

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yup..mine love it..we feed it to them raw right out of the river..(not sure if were supposed to though). We take off the head and gut them first. And the ducks go even crazier for it..

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post #6 of 33

mine do. Still alive. they really like 'cat'fish. wink

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Previously Henry'schickens.  DH, 2 DD's, 1 DS, a mutt dog, a german shepherd pup, 3 cats, 3 duckies and lost count on the chickens.  A pair of pilgrim geese. A  Bouron Red Tom. Love 'em all!!
 

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post #7 of 33

Yes yes yes they will eat fish. We run catfish nets and after we clean the fish we toss a few to the hens and they go nuts.
You can also give them your crab and crawfish shells too. The shells give the yolks a nice rich color.

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post #8 of 33

We had a crawfish boil a few weeks ago.  I should have given them the shells.  With all the cayenne, it would have been a de-wormer as well! tongue  I'll remember that for next year.

post #9 of 33

Once our "pond" froze over, and we poured the dead, rotting goldfish out. The chickens loved them! It was disgusting, but they were having such a good time. Minnows would be fine, too.

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Originally Posted by redbone 

We had a crawfish boil a few weeks ago.  I should have given them the shells.  With all the cayenne, it would have been a de-wormer as well! tongue  I'll remember that for next year.


That's why I give them the shells. It kills two birds with one stone. HA HA  HA!!!

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