Can Chickens eat Shrimp Shells / Tails?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Trendy Chicks, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Trendy Chicks

    Trendy Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Curious...
    Can Chickens eat Shrimp Shells / Tails?
     
  2. catfish/okie

    catfish/okie Chillin' With My Peeps

    never thought of thisbut I dont think it would hurt em Ive give mine some leftover salmon patties.
     
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    mine love them
     
  4. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
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    Do you cut them up?
     
  5. GardenWeasel

    GardenWeasel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have had them twice with no ill effect. They will pick them apart.
     
  6. Trendy Chicks

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    It seems like they'd have fun picking at them.

    And it also seems like they might be good for them - maybe high in calcium or something - does any one know?

    Do you cook them first - or can they come off raw shrimp?
     
  7. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they can. I usually give them to our dogs first, but I've tossed a few to the chickies. Raw.
     
  8. Oosik

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    I fed some shrimp tails this morning and the tails were gone in minutes. The other day we had Alaskan king crab and had a considerable amount of shell debris after that dinner. I put the crab shells in the the outdoor grill on a cookie sheet and baked the shells until dry. The next day I put them in a plastic bag and crushed all the shells and threw them in with the chickens. That night the shells were all gone and the birds are all still doing well.
     
  9. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine turned up their little beaks at shrimp tails this afternoon; they preferred scratching for bugs in leaf litter.
     
  10. banks

    banks Chillin' With My Peeps

    My girls went bonkers over shrimp and crawfish. They scarfed them up so fast. Nothing was left. They ate everything. I think they were disappointed that they did not get any the next day.
     

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