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Can chickens eat rabbit feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GracefulBantams, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    I was just blessed with three bags of rabbit food (150 pounds worth). The problem is, I do not have rabbits anymore. Is this feed significantly different from poultry feed, or can I integrate some into my chickens' diet without causing a problem?
     

  2. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Songster

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    i have heard that chickens grow a lot better with goat feed so it would be ok to feed them rabbit feed [​IMG]
     
  3. pawsplus

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    I can't imagine that this would be a good idea. Rabbits are herbivores (complete vegetarians) with a low protein and calcium requirement. Chickens are, well, the opposite. You could use the rabbit pellets as bedding inside the coop, but I sure wouldn't use it as food.
     
  4. rebel yell

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    It has alot of alfalfa in it which is good for them mix it with your regular feed & feed it that way. & yes goat feed works good for me.
     
  5. colebarnhart

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    You might want to just check with the make up of the feed see what % of things it has in it and if it's low in protein you could give your chix some BOSS to get the protein up.
     
  6. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    Thanks for the replies! And if I do feed it to them, I would just add some in to their regular feed, so they will definitely not be on rabbit feed only.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I mix a little bit of rabbit food with the regular chicken feed from time to time.
     

  8. NanaLantana

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    Somebody gave me rabbit feed as well, and my girls don't like it at all. Won't touch it. That settles it for me!
     
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

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    It should be mostly alfalfa which is good for chickens.

    I'll be surprised if your chickens will eat it. My geese won't and the ducks will only eat alfalfa pellets if I soak them first.

    Maybe you can find someone who raises rabbits that would trade you a dressed frozen rabbit for the bags of rabbit feed. The pellets can also be fed to horses, cattle, and goats, so lots of barter possibilities.
     
  10. Two Creeks Farm

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    Protien levels are virtually the same, however the rabbit foods normally lack teh vitamins that poultry food does and is usually lower in fat %
     

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