can you feed chickens small amounts of meat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cluckin tractor, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    can you do it or is it not safe. is it good for protien or will it make them have a stomach upset. should i do it. if it goes ahead it will be a rare occasion because when i shoot a wild rabit, take it home and skin, gut and clean it i give the end product to the dogs and i have little scraps no more than a handful and give it to them. they like it and sorta fight over it
     
  2. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    They'll love it. Mine have had leftover steak tips, leftover chili, they devoured a pound of moose ground meat, and they love tuna fish. Just be careful of attracting predators with it.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Mine love tuna and salmon and I think it adds Omega IIIs to the eggs....
     
  4. Tropical Chook

    Tropical Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you can give it to them, and in fact, it's very good for them..........lots of protein. Some people are concerned about giving raw meat, but I've always done it and have never had any problems. Besides, I've never seen a chicken cooking cooking before, so I guess they were designed to eat raw meat. [​IMG]
     
  5. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My mini raptors love meat! They especially love it when I give them the carcasses of the chickens or turkeys that I have roasted. Ham bones as well. Nothing left to clean up except one or two bones. The protein is really good for their feathers and eggs. Just make sure you dont keel over in their run or thats all that will be found of you when the chickens are done!!!
     
  6. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only thing I'd worry about with wild rabbits is tapeworms.

    I give my barncat Droncit pills (at least once a year) for this reason as I know she kills & eats rabbits. She leaves uneaten bunny parts in the barn.
     
  7. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed my dogs the raw prey diet outside and the chickens are always trying to eat the scraps of raw chicken and duck. [​IMG] They love it!
     
  8. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickens eat everything, in the winter i feed mine canned dog food for an energy boost, they get any scraps from the table also
     
  9. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You've probably read other threads where chickens devour snakes, mice, toads, other birds, etc. To them it's just like worms and bugs, only bigger. People choose to try to make chickens herbivores, but they're really omnivores and eat meat whenever and wherever they find it.

    Mine love frostbitten venison (can't use it all up... I have deerhunting menfolk) that's thawed and tossed into their yard in small chunks. They love leftover liver, lunchmeat, fat cut off bacon, drippings from cooked bacon.... any meat that's a bit too old to feed the other 2-legged critters that live here.
    Once my son left a suet cake from our wild birdfeeder on the ground, then came back for it, but it'd vanished. I'd watched 12 chickens have a happy afternoon around this marvelous, peanut buttery treat!
     
  10. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Just wait until you try it and see how they chase each other to get it!! It's quite entertaining!
     

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