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Chickens eating the cat food

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During these cold months the chickens (3 hens, 1 roo) spend most of their time in the coop, which is a penned-in corner of our old barn.  I don't have the coop sealed beyond the rafters, so they fly up and out, ranging around inside the barn.  Our barn cats winter there as well.  The chickens get fed in the coop and the cats get fed elsewhere  in the barn.

Usually I can find the chickens picking at the cat food, guessing they like it as a snack for variety.  I've seen on this site that chickens shouldn't eat cat food because of the taurine content...

Please let me know what are the problem, if any, with this...

post #2 of 23

Cat food is OK in small amounts.  I have 7 hens and throw them a handful.  Doesn't hurt them in small quantities and boosts protein.

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If it's good enough for the senior citizens, it's good enough for my chickens!  LOL!

Old, fat, gray-haired EMT guy.  Raised birds for 60 years.  I don't name 'em, and don't dwell over any that die.  I treat every bird with respect, and feed and care for 'em as best I can.  Dad to 2 M.D.'s, a teacher and a computer guru.  Grandpa to 6 beautiful girls and two grandsons.  Life is good!
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Old, fat, gray-haired EMT guy.  Raised birds for 60 years.  I don't name 'em, and don't dwell over any that die.  I treat every bird with respect, and feed and care for 'em as best I can.  Dad to 2 M.D.'s, a teacher and a computer guru.  Grandpa to 6 beautiful girls and two grandsons.  Life is good!
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post #4 of 23

Dont know if its ok or not but I have 1 chicken that I call the wild hen.  She seperated herself from the rest of the flock over 4 months ago and it just so happened to be 2 days before all the other of her kind went to freezer camp.  She lives in a holly tree behind our house and every morning goes to the cat food pans and then out to the bird feeder to see what was dropped.

Husband of 12 years, amazing 6 yo daughter, 9 horses,  too many chickens, 2 turkey, guineas,  5 peafowl, a goose and 3 ducks.

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Husband of 12 years, amazing 6 yo daughter, 9 horses,  too many chickens, 2 turkey, guineas,  5 peafowl, a goose and 3 ducks.

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post #5 of 23

As soon as I open the run. Mine make a beeline for the catfood.

Imp

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #6 of 23

I let the birds pick off anything that isnt eaten by the cats on their plate. No sense in letting it go to waste!

It not usually very much, maybe a few mouthfuls for the cats but the chickens think its golden smile

Lissa
The Official Lady-in-Waiting to the Royals of Cluckingham Palace (or so I have been informed)
**2 EE, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Austalorps, and 1 Plymouth Rock**
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Lissa
The Official Lady-in-Waiting to the Royals of Cluckingham Palace (or so I have been informed)
**2 EE, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Austalorps, and 1 Plymouth Rock**
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post #7 of 23

I give mine small amounts of dry cat food if they are in molt. Especially in the winter when I want to promote faster feather growth. The birds don't look as pale and they are more energetic. I guess that I could go buy some game bird feed, however I have cats so it's just easier to get a scoop or two out of their stash.

post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by jhm47 

If it's good enough for the senior citizens, it's good enough for my chickens!  LOL!


Bad...but yuckyuck

Why is cat food so tasty to other animals???  Possums love it, raccoons love it, my dogs love it, chickens love it...my cats are the only ones who sometimes turn up their noses at it hu

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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post #9 of 23

My chickens will beat the cat to the door to get the cat food.

Mother hen to a great husband, 3 kids...2 boys 7 and 11 y/o, 1 girl 9 y/o 1 BO, 6 Golden Wynndotte and 15 EE, 2 dogs.
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Mother hen to a great husband, 3 kids...2 boys 7 and 11 y/o, 1 girl 9 y/o 1 BO, 6 Golden Wynndotte and 15 EE, 2 dogs.
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post #10 of 23

teach1rsl - I have wondered that myself!

BBS Orpingtons, Heritage Delawares, New Hampshires and a motley crew of hens with colored eggs
A proud member of SDWD - Society for Delaware World Domination.
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BBS Orpingtons, Heritage Delawares, New Hampshires and a motley crew of hens with colored eggs
A proud member of SDWD - Society for Delaware World Domination.
Preserve and promote the wonderful Delaware: 
www.BeausejourFarms.com
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