Originally Posted by LuckysMum
Hi everyone. I was just reading about chicken keeping on the Darwin vet site. It has on there that you must not feed your chickens kitchen food scraps. They were saying its against the law you can get up to 2 years jail. I thought everyone fed the chickens kitchen scraps.
Am I wrong? I only feed fresh fruit and vege off cuts and bread nothing mouldy.
LuckysMum .... this subject has been addressed here on several occasions, and I know others will either agree or disagree with it.
Thing is, it is apparently illegal to feed 'swill' .... to animals and birds. Not just to pigs who always were fed 'swill' years back .... but perhaps now embraces all kinds of production animals and birds. Meat animals / birds in particular ( ?? ) .... and chickens, with eggs for sale to the public.
That is how I read the situation. As far as I am concerned, backyard chickens who give their owners lovely eggs ( when they are laying that is !! ) .... perhaps should not be bound by the anti-swill rules and regulations. Swill is categorised as any scraps that are edible for an animal, that has been cooked, grated, chopped up raw, .... whatever .... i.e. kitchen scraps or goodies that were not eaten from plates etc. etc..
Swill used to consist of a lot of milk from dairy farmers, in the past, mixed with heaven knows what for pigs in particular to grub into.
I am sure others here can answer your question better than I can, and the following link will explain it all. Seems it is Queensland that is most strict about it .
Mostly aimed at the pig industry, but also includes poultry.
I find it fascinating that anything that has 'touched' a meat product, is banned. e.g. ( from the above site ) ....
- "any food cooked with, or that has been in contact with, meat, meat products or meat by-products"
How on earth anyone is expected to observe that is beyond me - especially for pet chickens that produce lovely eggs for family and friends, and are not sold on a commercial basis. ?????? And there is a comment about fish meal and feather meal ?? Gotta go out there tomorrow and tell my girls to quit picking out the odd feather and munching on it !! ( through their moults, they have an occasional pick at their own feathers ) ,,,,,,,, LOL.
I know my girls have been given kitchen scraps that have been in touch with meat !!! .... But - rules is rules ... and best to find out if those rules apply in West Australia as well - - - and how far it is expected to go ?
I ain't enquiring about Victorian rules, at this point in time
Edited by Anniebee - 6/10/16 at 6:09am