Can you feed chickens cuttle fish bones?

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  1. super silkie

    super silkie Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in a place where you can easily find cuttle fish bones on the beaches and I would like to give them to my chickens can I? Ps. Just if it matters they are young silkies
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Sorry I just don't know but, when people wake up on here, I'm sure you find responses from thus who do know.

    The only "cuttle bone," I remember was something we bought and hung in the canary's cage. He loved it. I had no idea it comes from fish.
     
  3. super silkie

    super silkie Out Of The Brooder

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    It comes from a squid like animal and your thinking of its bone and that is what I would like to know about
     
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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    I have mixed other types of chicken bones in with rice and my small flock devourer's them [​IMG]
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Cuttlebones are not really bone, they are the structural interior support of squid. As long as they are not contaminated with any substances or bacteria, I don't know why you could not use them to offer supplemental calcium.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Absolutely! I use them all the time on my quail and chickens. They are very high in calcium and digest easy if not easier than oystershell. If these birds are not yet of laying age, hold off on the cuttle bones until they are laying.

    Great to have you and enjoy BYC!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I think cuttlebone would be fine, but I'd be wary about beach-gathered cuttle bone being full of bacteria/other harmful organisms.
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. super silkie

    super silkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all
     

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