Can I feed my chicken fermented mozzarella cheese?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bobinasmom, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Bobinasmom

    Bobinasmom Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 24, 2010
    Hi all,

    In cleaning my refrigerator (yes, I should have done that over a month ago, I know!), I discovered a package of what used be be fresh mozzarella cheese in the back. It appears to be fermenting since the sealed plastic wrapping has filled with air. There is no mold visible so I was wondering if it's okay to feed to my chickens?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I don't feed my chickens anything that I wouldn't eat when it comes to dairy products.
  3. skunknchatter

    skunknchatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2007
    Northern Utah
    the air that has filled the bag is the gas from the Streptococcus thermophilus bacteria in the cheese. The problem with feeding it to your chickens at this point is the gas it will produce in their bellies as well and i don't think chickens can burp. Also the salt content (since it's prob in brine) will be really high.
  4. Bobinasmom

    Bobinasmom Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 24, 2010
    Thanks both! Very useful and helpful information.
  5. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    I'd still eat it myself, as long as it wasn't TOO sour tasting. Of course, when it's moldy, I just scrape off the mold and eat the cheese anyway. I think the chickens would be fine with it too.

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    Quote:As I've said many times here "if you can eat it they can eat it". Conversely, I also feel, that if I wouldn't eat it I don't feed it. I don't feed anything that's spoiled not just dairy.
  7. HenMamma

    HenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2008
    Emmet TWP, MI
    Quote:I am the same way! (I don't tell the kids or hubby though, they trust I know what I am doing:)
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:I used to work in a cheese shop. I was instructed that the soft and semi-soft cheeses should be disposed of and NOT eaten when moldy. Even if just one side of the package was moldy.

    However, I spent a great deal of time in that job scraping mold off hard cheese and rewrapping it to be put back in the sale case (they said that on hard cheese the mold can be safely removed).
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  9. chickstofeed

    chickstofeed Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2011
    i wouldn't try it it doesn't sound too good for them

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