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WHY ARE MEAT SCRAPS BAD FOR CHICKENS?

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I know some people give their chickens meat scraps but most don't.  I'm just curious why exactly is it not good for them?

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I give my birds meat scraps..... I've never heard they were bad, nor have I ever had problems in giving my birds meat. I am interested to hear what others say.. :)

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.  Proverbs 27:23 KJV 

 

Old English Game Bantams, Breda fowl, Silkies/Frilkies/Sizzles, a large assortment of Layers and show Bantams, Dorper sheep, Mini Nubian goats, and Holland Lop rabbits. 

 

 

 

 

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Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.  Proverbs 27:23 KJV 

 

Old English Game Bantams, Breda fowl, Silkies/Frilkies/Sizzles, a large assortment of Layers and show Bantams, Dorper sheep, Mini Nubian goats, and Holland Lop rabbits. 

 

 

 

 

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post #3 of 43

Meat isn't "bad" for chickens

Our chickens get ALL scraps that we don't give to the dogs

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I wouldn't say that meat is bad for them, chickens are omnivores and they will eat frogs, mice, and dead animals that they find on the ground. I think that most people don't feed their chickens meat because they feel that it's disturbing. I don't feed my chickens meat scraps but I do let them eat what they catch.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/501982/can-you-feed-your-chickens-meat


Edited by Veer67 - 10/17/13 at 7:59pm

Chickens: 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 White Leghorn, and 2 little Seramas. 

Finches: 3 zebra finches ( Curry, Avire, and Soapy).

 Ferrets: Silvie and Blackie (also known as Booger).

 RIP : Sugar, Puzzle, Yeller, and recently Butter who were taken away by a fox.

Soapy who died on 10/12/13 and Mellow who passed away on March 26, 2014.

http://6chickens7finches.blogspot.com/

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Chickens: 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 White Leghorn, and 2 little Seramas. 

Finches: 3 zebra finches ( Curry, Avire, and Soapy).

 Ferrets: Silvie and Blackie (also known as Booger).

 RIP : Sugar, Puzzle, Yeller, and recently Butter who were taken away by a fox.

Soapy who died on 10/12/13 and Mellow who passed away on March 26, 2014.

http://6chickens7finches.blogspot.com/

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post #5 of 43

The thread starter did not say where he/she is from. This practice is banned in some countries.

 

In Australia it is actually illegal to feed chickens meat scraps. We call it "swill feeding". Here's a webpage from our government: http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/animal-industries/animal-health-and-diseases/protect-your-animals/swill-feeding

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The thread starter did not say where he/she is from. This practice is banned in some countries.

 

In Australia it is actually illegal to feed chickens meat scraps. We call it "swill feeding". Here's a webpage from our government: http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/animal-industries/animal-health-and-diseases/protect-your-animals/swill-feeding

.......I thought our UK government was crazy with all its laws.  

 

People are not talking about feeding imported raw meet by the bucket load as a cheap food for their chickens. 

 

Feeding cooked meat leftovers from the family meal will not give any diseases to the chickens.

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The thread starter did not say where he/she is from. This practice is banned in some countries.

In Australia it is actually illegal to feed chickens meat scraps. We call it "swill feeding". Here's a webpage from our government: http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/animal-industries/animal-health-and-diseases/protect-your-animals/swill-feeding

I had no idea about this. I suppose its banned in NSW as well?

I gave ours left over steak for breakfast this morning blissfully unaware I was probably breaking the law.

Aussie Mum to two pet quality sizzles -  Captain and Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelle girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl


Plus 11 shipped blue/black/splash australorp eggs that penny is incubating for us Due 11th oct 2014 My hatching diary
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Aussie Mum to two pet quality sizzles -  Captain and Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelle girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl


Plus 11 shipped blue/black/splash australorp eggs that penny is incubating for us Due 11th oct 2014 My hatching diary
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post #8 of 43

Hi appps, unfortunately yes it is banned in all states. Don't worry, I know quite a few people who feed meat scraps to their chooks.

 

I'm not 100% sure but I think it's only meat food scraps that aren't allowed, "animals" such as worms or insects should still be OK. I think the distinction is if they're creatures that birds could "naturally" consume, it is OK. Sorry for all the quotes, seems that there are a million interpretations to these things!

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Chickens as a whole can benefit more from eating raw meat than cooked!

If you have a cannibalism problem, some raw liver chopped up, cows liver, or blood from an abattoir does the trick.

They are simply doing what nature intended: As a genetic strain, the domestic fowl originated in the jungle fowl still found in the jungles of Sumatra today.

These birds live on insects and will kill small birds if they can.

They are omnivorous, but like meat make no mistake.

Most of their protein is obtained by eating bugs, lizards, any meat they can find on the jungle floor.

This is why a diet for the domestic MUST contain protein, fats ( lots of fat in an insect), lactose, fructose (fruit), as well as seeds.

When these things are missing in the diet you get cannibalism, deformed birds, weak chicks and unexplained deaths. The uniformity of the flock suffers, and you get stunted birds with all the accompanying associated diseases: Mycoplasma, water around the heart, Mareks, Newcastle, Bronchitis, IBD and more.

M

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Hi appps, unfortunately yes it is banned in all states. Don't worry, I know quite a few people who feed meat scraps to their chooks.

I'm not 100% sure but I think it's only meat food scraps that aren't allowed, "animals" such as worms or insects should still be OK. I think the distinction is if they're creatures that birds could "naturally" consume, it is OK. Sorry for all the quotes, seems that there are a million interpretations to these things!

It was an interesting read so thanks for sharing that. I'd never heard of most if those diseases but have heard of newcastle. Wouldn't want to give them that.

Aussie Mum to two pet quality sizzles -  Captain and Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelle girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl


Plus 11 shipped blue/black/splash australorp eggs that penny is incubating for us Due 11th oct 2014 My hatching diary
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Aussie Mum to two pet quality sizzles -  Captain and Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelle girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl


Plus 11 shipped blue/black/splash australorp eggs that penny is incubating for us Due 11th oct 2014 My hatching diary
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