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Can you feed your Chickens Meat?

post #1 of 16
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I know chickens are omnivores, and eat bugs, worms ect. can you feed them scraps from meat, I book I read said yes 1 said NO, never feed them meat...........so whats up with that, chickens in a wild environment are opportunistic, and will eat almost anything, including dead animals mice, moles, frogs, anything that gets close enough to grab..... so why aren't they suppose to have meat? or was the book mistaken? My feeling is they can eat meat any kind though I think cooked would be better. but I have seen them clean a carcass from a butchered deer down to just bone. What do you all think? Kim


Edited by GhostRider65 - 5/10/11 at 1:01pm

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4 Crazy kids, 3 crazy horses,  2 lazy dogs, 2 hyper puppies, 2 fat kitties , and 33 mixed up choocks

 Missing my Bugsy Whugsy..... best Boxer in the whole world!!!

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post #2 of 16

You can feed them meat, but avoid the salty meats like ham and bacon because chickens can get saline poisoning and die from that......Chickens will even eat chicken......th

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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post #3 of 16

I,ve read you can feed them meat even chicken like what was said in the post above.

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"Don't count the days, make the days count."   -Muhammad Ali-
1 red star, 2 BO, 1WO, 2 SLW, 2 GLW, 2 EE, 2 OE, and 2 BCM
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post #4 of 16

frow      Typical, one book says yes, another says NO.he     I feed my chickens the same foods I feed my family.

old One thing to remember:D what goes in that hen, comes in the eggs. Watch garlic, and strong-tasting foods!jumpy     thumbsup

~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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post #5 of 16

Can you?  Yes, no one can stop you.  Should you?  That's open for a whole series of debates, health, ethics...

I personally feed them all types of meats and other food.  Natural type foods that is.  No twinkies or anything like that although they probably would have eaten it!   They get all my food scraps, raw or cooked, so much so that I don't have anything to compost.

post #6 of 16

The chickens will probably love to meat every once in a while. 
I have a hen that likes to stand in the shallow end of my pond and eat baby fish hmm

4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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post #7 of 16

Of course they are omnivores, haven't you ever witnessed a worm's demise due to the chickens? Wild Jungle Fowl (the ancestor that all chickens descended from) is an omnivore in the wild and have even been sighted eating dead flock-members. This is just the nature of the chicken.

Feeding meat, although it may upset some people, will not hurt them at all as long as you avoid alot of salt and grease. It is perfectly fine and will not hurt them.




Timothy in KY

The last 15 years of my life as a Breeder of Show Quality American Gamefowl.
I have however started beggining to star small breeding flocks of high quality Silver Phoenix, Blue Cochin, and soon srriving will be my live long goal breed for showing, the Black Sumatra AND White Sumatra (bantam in white) by obtaining a few of the first of this variation to be retailed in my area (or anywhere I have...

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The last 15 years of my life as a Breeder of Show Quality American Gamefowl.
I have however started beggining to star small breeding flocks of high quality Silver Phoenix, Blue Cochin, and soon srriving will be my live long goal breed for showing, the Black Sumatra AND White Sumatra (bantam in white) by obtaining a few of the first of this variation to be retailed in my area (or anywhere I have...

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post #8 of 16

What everybody already said.  I even toss dead mice out for them, that have been caught in mouse traps.  They fight over the carcasses.

Now and then I give them tuna from the can.  I put a ham bone out and they picked it totally clean.

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #9 of 16

You certainly can, although I find it more than a little disturbing when they fight over a morsel of chicken scrap from dinner. hide

I stay away from giving them greasy foods, although last year we were making babyback ribs on the grill and one piece fell to the ground and they rushed for it and ate it's greasyness with no ill effects, a steady diet of that though would be just as bad to them as it is to us if not worse. So I try not to let them get to stuff like that. Salty foods too. I don't know, the thought of feeding them bacon bring the images of a chicken stalking a pig from behind a clump of grass waiting for the pig to be just vulnerable enough to launch an attack...might be just me though.  smack


Edited by mrsengeseth - 5/10/11 at 6:44pm
Wife and Homeschooling, sahm of three children, 11, 8, and 5,  dog owner cat owner and crazy bird lady few cockatiel, zebra finches...down to five hens. 2 cookoo (sp?) marans, 2 mutts, and 1 blue cochin
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Wife and Homeschooling, sahm of three children, 11, 8, and 5,  dog owner cat owner and crazy bird lady few cockatiel, zebra finches...down to five hens. 2 cookoo (sp?) marans, 2 mutts, and 1 blue cochin
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post #10 of 16

Mine love porkchops

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