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Feeding chickens CAT FOOD!?!?!?!

post #1 of 18
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Ok a lady that shows her chickens said that she only feeds them cat food.
I was like what the heck??? Has anyone else ever heard of this and how
could this be good for them?

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post #2 of 18

I have on occasion when I run out and I've read it's ok on occasion but not as a rule. I think it's the taurins that can build up in their system and cause problems. Mine love it when they get it but I do give it very cautiously.

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post #3 of 18

I was told to grind up Special Kitty and mix it with the feed.  It is 40% protien and helps them grow and makes them stronger.

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post #4 of 18

I have actually been told by another lady
that her husband mixes cat food into other chicken feed for her husband's prize game birds before.  I believe she said that cat food contains a lot of protein?

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post #5 of 18

Lots of people feed cat food to chickens during molts.  The extra protien helps support feather productions.  I don't know how it would be for exclusive feed.

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post #6 of 18

QUALITY cat food contains a lot of protein. I feed my cats Taste of the Wild. I also use the cat food as a duck treat and I break up pieces and give some to my quail along with their game bird feed.

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post #7 of 18

Cat food should not be a steady diet but a booster.  The real cheap cat food are purty close to some chicken feeds but with higher protien.  So many use them as a booster after moult and to get pullets to lay that are old enough.

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Tamara   breeding Partridge Plymouth Rocks
owned by 2 English Shepherd farm dogs 2 cats and 1 loving husband

Chickens Blog http://bmvchickens.wordpress.com/

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post #8 of 18

ONLY feeding cat food isnt a good idea.  (I wouldnt guess.)

Wouldnt it be REALLY expensive too?

post #9 of 18

Just a thought...cat food is about $1 per pound and is about 30% protein (read the nutritional label on the side for the brand you choose).  Kitten food is a bit higher, cheap adult food may be a bit lower. 

Purina Gamebird Starter is 30% protein and it only costs about $34 for 50 pounds = $0.68 per pound.

The only advantage I see to the cat food is that it might (read the label for ingredients) contain more animal protein than any bird food.

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post #10 of 18

I have some free ranged batams that get into our shed and eat the cat food that's out for...well duh, our cats.

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