Can chickens eat...chicken?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by annep, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    Mine love meat, any kind of meat! Chicken, Beef, pork, fish etc........[​IMG]
     
  2. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Chickens do not get mad chicken disease [​IMG] There is no known mad chicken disease lol so no worries on that count!! With the mad cow disease...the whole thing is cos cows are NOT designed to ingest animal protein. They are pure herbivore. It's rare you see a cow ordering a burger you know? They would rather graze. It was never ever meant for cows to be eating feed added with animal protein. [​IMG] Chickens are NOT vegetarian/herbivore...they are omnivores by design. They can deal with the animal protein better than any cow could.

    Mine eat left over chicken all the time. as well as beef/pork/turkey/fish etc scraps we have hanging around. The only time I wouldn't give it to them is if it was highly seasoned or salty <ie no bacon/sausage etc> because they don't do well with higher salt levels.

    I have said this before and will say it again: My grandad used to say..."Leave a dead cow in a field and the others will be as far as they can from it. Leave a dead chicken in the area and the others will come racing out with a fork and knife in each wing and a napkin round its neck ringing a dinner bell." Or something to that effect lol

    I have seen an entire flock of chickens running as fast as their little feets would carry them across the pasture to get to a dead deer some poacher left. They eat frogs/birds/worms/rats/snakes/mice/carrion etc that they find. They will even kill their own chicks and I have seen them eating them as well. I have even seen them working on the chicken carcass of one of their flockmates that had been killed and remains left. That was a bit sad I have to say. Many people have seen their flock gather round at slaughter time and seeing them chickens go nuts over the bits that are dropped from it...chicken, pig, etc

    I remember as a little girl laughing hysterically seeing my grandad's big rooster stealing a chicken leg fresh off the BBQ and running like heck with Grandma chasing after him. lol

    But really, I have never seen any chickens fed meat that had issues from eating it. IMHO feel free to give them meat scraps etc etc, raw or cooked. I prefer cooked myself, but they don't seem to mind here how they get it.
     
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  3. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my girls the hambones, leftover thanksgiving turkey carcass, and basically anything that needs to go - scraps, you name it.
    They will pick the bones clean in record time.

    Their favorite leftovers though, are spaghetti and ... chicken .... go figure.
     
  4. Papa Rooster

    Papa Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i got a rooster that loves the sauce of my hot wings. makes me wonder if i were to eat him if he would be spicy
     
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  5. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Papa Rooster

    Papa Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ..........He was........... [​IMG]
     
  7. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    I <3 my EEs :

    Quote:hahahahaha when i give my chickens some chicken i always imagine there are like ROXY ROXY IS THAT YOU!?!? o wait Roxy's right there... [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  8. Kountreefok

    Kountreefok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you sure?...cuz ours sure get something like that when I show up without treats![​IMG]
    And, yes, we do feed meat.
     
  9. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    We feed our pug the raw diet. At times, we'll get something that she doesn't like, and we'll feed that to the chickens. Perfect example...beef liver. I keep some in the freezer that my dog turned down, and feed it to them on hot days, as a treat. Very high protein and they eat it just as it's starting to thaw, but still very cold, and they go nuts for it.
     
  10. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Quote:Are you sure?...cuz ours sure get something like that when I show up without treats![​IMG]
    And, yes, we do feed meat.

    That's not mad chicken disease...

    its called Spoiled Chicken Disease. I think most of us have that tho [​IMG]
     

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