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Feeding chickens catfood?

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I know you are not supposed to feed catfood to chickens but our most finicky cat has a fit to get into the coop and eat their food. I have never seen anything like it in my life. She will often just go and lay down right in the middle of the flock. The chickens don't pay her any mind at all. Just wonder if the food will hurt her. She really does have a fit over it.  wee

DH and I often look out of our kitchen window and try to remember what we did before we got our girls and boy... When I want to laugh I just walk outside with a bowl or bag of treats... 25 of the sweetest chickens in the world come running... We also have 5 rescue kitties that we love dearly...
RIP- Miss Maisy and Miss Daisy
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DH and I often look out of our kitchen window and try to remember what we did before we got our girls and boy... When I want to laugh I just walk outside with a bowl or bag of treats... 25 of the sweetest chickens in the world come running... We also have 5 rescue kitties that we love dearly...
RIP- Miss Maisy and Miss Daisy
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post #2 of 14

So you're wondering if letting the cat eat chicken food is ok for the cat or if feeding cat food to the chickens is bad?

Cat food is ok for an occasional treat for the chickens, just not as a regular thing. And I see little problem with letting the cat eat chicken food so long as it's not the medicated kind.

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Lay down with dogs and you get up with fleas.


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post #3 of 14

I agree with galanie

I don't see much problem either way, as a treat.

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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.

 

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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 #4 of 14

We actually give our chickens some cat food a few weeks before a show as a treat mixed in with their regular food. It's a good source of extra protein and oils to make their feathers super nice. As long as it's not the only thing they are eating, they will be fine!

post #5 of 14

It is fine but grosses me out.  I eat the eggs and it makes me feel like I am eating cat food and makes me queesy sickbyc

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post #6 of 14

But the bugs they eat don't? lol


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3 Goats,  1 Red Lored Amazon parrot, many Guinea Fowl, various chickens; Buff Orps, LF Black Cochin and EE's, 18 German Shepherds, 1 antique Weimaraner and one ankle-biter
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3 Goats,  1 Red Lored Amazon parrot, many Guinea Fowl, various chickens; Buff Orps, LF Black Cochin and EE's, 18 German Shepherds, 1 antique Weimaraner and one ankle-biter
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post #7 of 14

I feed my hens dry cat food in the winter for the extra fat and protein.

I live in Central Maine on a small 1 acre "farm". I have a variety of hens, both standards and bantams. I just got a small incubator and want to start hatching some eggs!
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I live in Central Maine on a small 1 acre "farm". I have a variety of hens, both standards and bantams. I just got a small incubator and want to start hatching some eggs!
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post #8 of 14

I feed my ducks dogfood. As a treat they love it, so do the chickens.

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A small flock of ducks (3 welsh harlequins and a rouen) a pair of american geese, a lovely anatiolian shepherd, and 10 ducklings ariving on march 18th!!!!!!

Come visit the blogs!!!

beforehoneycreekhollow.blogspot.com
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post #9 of 14

Bugs are natural and healthy.  Cat food is not. smile

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post #10 of 14

lol, glad I ran into this link.  The other day I gave some kitten (we rescued) some cat food (salmon meal probably)  but soon noticed my 3 orpington ran the kitten over and was chomping on those cat food .  I felt rather guilty as I wasn't sure if the cat food had anything harmful for those chicken, but didn't want to shoo them off .. they were loving it lau

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3 Orpington Bantam (Hatched March 30th, 2012) by Genesis 1588 Incubator.

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