Can you Feed Chickens Uncooked Meat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BantyChooks, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 1, 2015
    Hello, I have been wondering if I could feed my chickens leftover scraps of meat from t-bones without it being cooked, or if I should cook it first. The beef is grass fed, from a friend who raises their own beef cattle. Thanks.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2017
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    You are probably not ready for this answer but I feed raw meat to mine fairly often. Not just from the kitchen either. If they can, chickens love to catch mice, frogs, small snakes, lizards, practically anything that moves. I haven’t seen it but some people post that their chickens hunt and eat small songbirds trapped in the coop or run. Some people say they pick up road kill and toss that in the run. Chickens are omnivores and eat meat. It doesn’t matter if it is raw or cooked.

    When I butcher my chickens I have a special bucket for “chicken parts” that will be fed back to the flock. I won’t mention what goes in that bucket. When I trap a mouse I kill it and give that to them to eat. They love to play keep-away with a mouse. Yesterday I caught a large rat. I opened it up so they could get to the parts inside and tossed that in the run. Mine seem to like fresh frog more than anything else but a small snake can really please them too.

    I think that is a fair question. As long as it is not rotting it should be safe to eat. And the eggs are safe to use.
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  3. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 1, 2015
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I agree that chickens are small omnivorous velociraptors, BUT when it comes to food that I offer them, the meat will be cooked! Mary
  5. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014
    I feed the dogs raw offal and will often mince some up for the chickens.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    <scratches head> grills t-bones with the bone in... and gnaws the meat near bones part, certainly doesn't go to the chickens! :D

    But agrees, chicken can eat raw meat as long as it's not spoiled. Mine don't get much of it tho, trapped mice is about all.

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