can i feed my hens dogfood?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by embochner, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. embochner

    embochner New Egg

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    can I feed my hens dogfood? is it safe?
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    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.
     
  3. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My chickens sneak into my house to steal the dry catfood whenever they can. My bantam cochin is the worst offender.

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    The bantam also eats cat puke whenever she can find it.
     
  5. [​IMG] What is it with cat puking?

    Mine deicided to toss her kibble under my bed last night, while I was sleeping in it [​IMG]
     
  6. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    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 [​IMG]
     
  7. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    My Chihuahua (picture is my avatar) will eat his own vomit, his own poop, and any other kind of poop he can get. [​IMG] He loves chicken poop, dried bird poop off of the sidewalk, etc. I have to watch him closely when he goes outside. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    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! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  8. kycowgirl78

    kycowgirl78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear my dogs aren't the only poop eaters![​IMG] I have 2 chichuahuas and 2 min pins plus 1 jack russell that love poop. They like to do it, ANYWHERE, [​IMG] , they like to roll in it and they especially love to eat it. [​IMG] 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!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    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.
     
  10. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    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 [​IMG]
     
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