Can chickens eat suet?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Rhett&SarahsMom, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    I am wondering because I am thinking of making them a treat ball of some sort to keep them busy and entertained during the day when I am at work and the kid is at school.
    I need something to make the corn, feed and seeds etc stick together in a "solid" ball. The one I am looking to buy for my horse is basically compressed sweetfeed with a bit more molasses. But will molasses be ok for the chooks??

    ideas?
     
  2. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know why they couldn't have suet. Molasses is a different story tho - it works as a laxative in chickens. Maybe another BYCer can give you more info on the suet?
     
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Well, I don't know about the suet. It is fed to wild songbirds to help them survive the winter cold without their usual diet of insects. But chickens have the benefit of regular, balanced and nutritious feed, plus the usual treats. They probably don't need suet, but it might be given on really cold days as a treat...

    As far as using it as a binder for a homemade flock block, I don't know. Hopefully someone who's better at avian nutrition will help out here.
     
  4. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    no one out here, with this fast array of chicken knowledge can answer this question?
     
  5. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as a cold weather or winter treat i give mine a block of the suet/seed/berries you can get for 99 cents at agway or TSC. they'll pick at it, ignore it, then go back to it and it'll last a few weeks for them. i put it in a mesh bag that o nions come in and hang it from a nail in their coop on the wall - that way they have to peck at it and it doesn't just flop on the floor and get pooped on.
     
  6. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    I gave suet blocks to my girls last winter for entertainment as much as nutrition. They seemed to enjoy them. The peanut butter ones were their favorite.
     
  7. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    We save the suet for the wild birds, who aren't spoiled rotten and living inside a draft free environment. Too much fat (which is what suet is) is not good for chickens, and can cause health issues (just like in people).

    We have used Purina Flock Block in the winter for our flock. It does contain molasses, but we haven't had any problems with our birds. I listed the ingredients here...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=94980&p=4
     
  8. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have an array of knowledge about much of anything but I'd go with the molasses rather than the suet.

    Suet is just fat. At least the molasses has some minerals and isn't as high in empty calories, calories, calories.

    Here's an array of knowledge on food: USDA National Nutrient Database Just type molasses or suet in the search.

    Steve
     
  9. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    I always gave suet mixed with wild bird seed for the other birds but never to the chickens. This is a good question. Any other feedback?[​IMG]
     
  10. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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