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Can you feed dog food to chickens?

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ok I was sick of going to 3 yes 3 different stores to buy cat food-dog food and chicken food.  So I went to my local feed store and bought my chicken food-asked about high grade cat and dog foos equivellent to what they eat and the store clerk led me to blue seal pet food. So I thought well why not try it-awesome all food in one store!!!  BLEAH...the dogs did nothing but fart all over 24/7  nasty stanky too.  The cats seem to be fine on it.  Well I happen to have bought a 50lb bag of this dog food and only went through half when i switched back to their normal purina food.  I have 25lbs of it left-can the chickens eat?  I threw them some as treats and well they ate it here and there-but I would still give them all their normal stuff but offer this as treats- does it have too much of one thing or you know not good for their systems-Ill give it away if its not good for them...oh it was Lamb and rice dog food  No meat by product-wheat and soy free-it has flaxseed/bluberry and sweet potatoes in it???  Now that I think about thats gross for dog food!

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As long as its a supplement or treat, rather than all they are eating, I'd say go for it - they'll probably love it.

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post #3 of 34

As a doled out treat only it should be okay. Just stay upwind! lol

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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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treats and upwind I promise!   I could care less if they toot up a storm..maybe it will help the slackers poof out their first eggs easier!  LOL..

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post #5 of 34

Chickens LOVE cat food. My poor cats get less and less feed every day because the girls peck at it at every opportunity.

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Guinea Data:   http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=1044B438EE7556BB


Guinea Info:   http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/


Guinea Keets:   visit your local hatchery


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post #6 of 34

I used to live in Austin, TX and would put out bowls of dry cat food for the ferals- and I constantly found cats and chickens eating together! lau Too bad I didn't get pics, it was hilarious!
As a treat it is great- just not nutritionally balanced as regular feed.

Great entertainment though. And a LOT cheaper than cable TV!

Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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post #7 of 34

My chickens run to the back porch where I give our dogs breakfast to check for anything left in the dish. They also share the water dish. I don't think it would be a proper diet to just feed dog food. Keep those layer brands coming if you want healthy birds when they can't free range.

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post #8 of 34

Yeah, my nephew lived in panama and he always is giving my chickens dog food! He said when he was in Panama everyone fed their chickens dog food soaked for a bit in water. My chickens love it when he brings it out to them!

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post #9 of 34

Did you mix the Blue Seal food with your dogs' regular Purina food for a few days before giving your dogs the 100% Bue Seal? Changing food gradually will prevent the runs and dog-farts...

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post #10 of 34

Mine get dry dog or cat food as treats.  They love them.  But, then they love almost anything!

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