Can I feed my free range chickens Meat? If so, What kinds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mandyplo, May 1, 2010.

  1. mandyplo

    mandyplo Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2010
    Canada Ontario
    My father and I have just finished building a chicken run/tractor for a couple of backyard chickens, and we`ve been told that they can be fed table scraps. We bought a sack of seed for them and feed them seed along with the table scraps, and they are doing very well! I know that feeding them chicken meat is a No-No, But, today we cooked pork chops for dinner, and we kept some of the raw leftovers to feed to the chickens. Is raw meat okay? Or, is pork okay for that matter? or Beef? I also know that avocado and raw potatoes are not allowed for them, but what about cooked/boiled/baked potato?

    Any opinions on what is safe to feed my backyard chickens and whats not safe to feed them would be greatly appreciated!! [​IMG]
    - the Plotzki flock
  2. Yogaliciouschick

    Yogaliciouschick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2009
    You can feed your chickens meat, but personally I think that it is very gross. In a chickens typical diet they do eat "meat" like bugs and sometimes frogs and mice but not any large animals. Raw meat can have bacteria that can make them sick. I would avoid meat, feed them veggie scraps and then you don't have to worry about anything. But this is advice from a vegetarian, I don't feed my chickens anything I would not eat, as in nothing to old, moldy or just plan gross (including meat). But your chickens your choice. Best of luck!
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Pretty much anything that is not salty. Too much salt will kill a chicken. I don't give them ham or heavily seasoned salted meats, but they can have tuna, sardines, or anything. Just check labels and if you cook it yourself remember nothing heavy in salt.
  4. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I know of several people that feed their chickens cooked chicken, did you mean raw chicken? I heard cooked meat is good protein as long as their treats. As long as you keep the salt to a minimum and the meat isn't too fatty. I'm sure you can feed cooked beans and potato.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    You're the 2nd person today to mention something about it being a no-no to feed your flock meat. I've never heard that. I give my girls (cooked) meat scraps whenever I have them (which isn't often, since I have a teenaged boy who loves, and they are healthy and laying very well. I give them anything I would eat myself, and nothing I wouldn't eat myself, that's what I go by. I've given mine mashed potatoes (which they love...but I limit them because I think they're too starchy); so baked potatoes would be no different.

    ETA: okay...not anything. I don't give them candy bars and But point being, I've given them pork, turkey, chicken, etc. Protein, protein, protein...
    Last edited: May 1, 2010
  6. mandyplo

    mandyplo Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2010
    Canada Ontario
    Thanks for the feedback everyone [​IMG]
    And I just meant any chicken in general, I heard from a couple of people now that its not the best idea to feed them chicken meat, as this is how mad cow disease started, From cows eating beef. I don`t know the details but thats just what Ive heard [​IMG]
    So, raw meat is probably better than cooked meat because there would be no spices/seasoning/salt on the meat yet, correct? [​IMG]
    and Thanks again, I think I will feed them meat as an occasional ``treat`` just to be on the safe side.
  7. calicokat

    calicokat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    At our house there's a rule if you feed them chicken (cooked of course) we have to toss it out for them and say "Tastes like People!" [​IMG]
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  8. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    Mine get meat all the time, including chicken! They love chicken!
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:NO raw meat!!! Only cooked meat other than canned tuna or salmon. Didn't want you to walk away with incorrect knowledge. If you wouldn't eat it raw or out of the can, don't feed it to them raw.

    ETA: Okay, I've been corrected. Evidently many folks feed raw meat. I still won't (I just CAN'T); the warnings about undercooked meat are just too engrained in my mind.
    Last edited: May 1, 2010
  10. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    I feed my flock raw meat every day with their warm cooked breakfast grain fiesta, they go nuts for it!

    They pick out the meat bits and run around screaming "i got it! i got it!" - LOL

    Never seen any animal cook their food... [​IMG]
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