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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by embochner, Apr 27, 2009.
can I feed my hens dogfood? is it safe?
I wouldn't rely on it for their entire diet. They have a very different set of nutritional needs. Some for a treat *probably* wouldn't hurt.
Dog food is safe as chickens are omnivores. But it should be a supplement not a main food. many use it to kick start hens into laying as protein is much higher than chickens feeds. One must be careful of how much protein the food has and only feed it for a short time.
My chickens sneak into my house to steal the dry catfood whenever they can. My bantam cochin is the worst offender.
GROSS ALERT - don't read if you're not prepared
The bantam also eats cat puke whenever she can find it.
What is it with cat puking?
Mine deicided to toss her kibble under my bed last night, while I was sleeping in it
I've read that cat food is better than dog food for chickens as cat food is based mainly on meat and dog food has more plant-based protein. Either way, they should be used in emergencies only, or cat food can be a protein supplement, but not as a complete diet.
p.s. **gross alert** my dogs puke and then eat their own puke back up. nothing grosser. I'm sure the chickens would love to help them, too, if they could get at it. Animals are gross! Good thing we love them so much
My Chihuahua (picture is my avatar) will eat his own vomit, his own poop, and any other kind of poop he can get. He loves chicken poop, dried bird poop off of the sidewalk, etc. I have to watch him closely when he goes outside.
We feed him nothing but puppy food and he is a very healthy dog. We see the vet often and they agree that he is very healthy. He isn't eating poop because he is starving or lacking nutrition. He eats it because he likes it!
Glad to hear my dogs aren't the only poop eaters! I have 2 chichuahuas and 2 min pins plus 1 jack russell that love poop. They like to do it, ANYWHERE, , they like to roll in it and they especially love to eat it. They eat bird poop and horse poop and other dogs' poop, even their own poop, but their very favorite is CAT POOP. MMMM. Can't keep any of those 5 out of the litter box. I find cat litter drug all over the house where they have pulled poop out and took it to their favorite spot to eat it. YUCK!!!!!
For the dogs that eat poo...My boxer would do that and when I mentioned it to my vet, he told me to put minced garlic with his food...this will deter them from eating it. I tried it and it works..quickly too.
I have a chihuahua too and he is gross--you cannot clip your toes nails anywhere near him-he eats them-so we have to go in a room and shut a door to do it! Except my DD she's 10 and thinks it's so fnny so she will do it infront of him on purpose-he eats the cat poop too...when we brought the puppy into our house last month he was so jealous, he waited until we went to bed-we were watching tv while the puppy snuggled us on our pillows-he stood at the foot of our bed on a high chair and took a smelly dump on our bed! nasty! he ran so fast!!! He was jealous the puppy had "his" spot! here's the culprit