Can chickens eat rabbit pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NinnyGillaspie, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. NinnyGillaspie

    NinnyGillaspie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BIL is a trashman, and found some 10# bags of rabbit star perfromance pellets. In these times, saving money is a blessing. That is if it is safe to give to my chickens.
     
  2. laseterlass

    laseterlass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use alfalfa cubes in the winter when there is no grass for the hens to graze on. I soak them in warm water and store them in the fridge. Mix them with some warm plain oatmeal every morning. Rabbit pellets are the same I think.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the ingredients?
     
  4. I've watched my hens eat from the rabbits food before. The nutritional requirements are different and so I wouldn't feed your chickens rabbit food if that is what you are asking.
     
  5. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could always sell them and use the money to buy chicken food.
     
  6. NinnyGillaspie

    NinnyGillaspie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll have to go get it, and look at the ingredients.
     
  7. laseterlass

    laseterlass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure if they are alfalfa. BUT if they are. They swell ALOT when gotten wet. I would soak them first and only as a treat. In the summer my hens prefer the grass and bugs from the yard over all else. My feed bill went to almost nothing, which was fine with me.
     
  8. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shouldn't hurt them but I probably wouldn't give as a sole ration. I tried to give my ducks some rabbit pellets one time (just to get them by until I could get more of their feed the next morning). They wouldn't touch it. Might have been because they weren't used to pellets.
     
  9. pennstatezim

    pennstatezim Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens have had rabbit pellets before when i use to have my rabbits with my goats and chickens and the chickens would eat the rabbit feed and the goat feed more then the rabbits and goats would.
     
  10. NinnyGillaspie

    NinnyGillaspie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they can eat it, I would only give maybe 10% mixed with the food, and scraps they get every evening. If they can't, then I'll pay it forward to someone who has rabbits.
     

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