Can you feed chickens steak?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by YardBirdCountry, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. YardBirdCountry

    YardBirdCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a steak in my freezer that was freezer burned. I took it out to thaw it by soaking it in water. The wrap was not so great so the water got into the steak and the juices leaked. It became less than appetizing.

    I decided to save it for the chickens. I am planning on chopping it into little bits and mixing it with some oats and vegetable scrap.

    Should that be okay?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They will go bonkers for it.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Sure! I feed my chickens meat scraps and little bits of steak as treats all the time. O.K. they don't get steak all the time lol, but they do get a fair bit of meat and they love it.
     
  4. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    They will love love love steak. When we get fresh deer parts with extra meat on them, it goes to the chickens. Meat is their most favorite thing.
     
  5. YardBirdCountry

    YardBirdCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys.

    I do not expect to cube up a whole steak for them again (unless something similar happens to ruin a steak), but I will start saving whatever meat scraps I have (with the exception of chicken scraps, I just won't do it).

    I will photo document let you know how the "steak salad" is received. :)
     
  6. chrissum

    chrissum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raw or cooked? Does it matter?
     
  7. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps


    Hm, good question. I like to cook it pretty hard to make sure any pathogens are killed AND because the girls seem to like the texture of cooked meat a lot more. However, I'm sure there would be no harm in feeding them raw meat as long as they liked the texture.
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I've seen my chickens kill and eat mice, snakes, small birds etc, so they don't mind raw meat, but for safety reasons I only feed them cooked meat. Just watch with very salty or heavily seasoned meats.
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Either is fine. chickens are omnivores and happily eat raw meat. You can cook it if it makes you feel better, but it's not necessary.
     
  10. RPegram

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    I can't say the girls have had raw steak, but they have had plenty of raw meat. Deer, snake, fish, etc. I can only say when they see me cleaning fish in the back yard, all their attention is focused on me because they know what treat follows shortly!
     

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