Can you feed chooks milk straight from the cow shed???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cheekychick, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. cheekychick

    cheekychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live on a dairy farm and I am hand raising 3 orphaned lambs at the moment, to whom I feed milk straight from the cow shed. As I am always bringing home surplus milk incase of spillages etc while filling the bottles, I was wondering if I could feed the rest to the chooks. I can only give my cat & dogs a certain amount before they will burst [​IMG]
     
  2. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    i think you have to let it clabber and then you can feed it , i wouldn't give too much though , milk might make them runny / has > he > more runny than already !v [​IMG]
     
  3. cheekychick

    cheekychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for sounding dumb, but what does clabber mean??? LOL Thats what I get for living in a different country [​IMG]
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clabber, verb - turn into curds; curdle

    I used to use rennet tablets in warm raw milk to encourage it to curdle. I bet you can find them in New Zealand.

    The rennet and 8 or 10 hours in a shallow pan at room temperature, would turn the milk into something "like" cottage cheese. (You've got to do a little slicing, gentle stirring, and pour off the whey.) And, speaking of "like" - the chickens really did. Like it, that is [​IMG].

    Steve
     
  5. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How 'bout stirring a little apple cider vinegar or lemon juice into the milk. That will curdle it pdq.
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    As a kid we gave extra milk (straight from the cow) to our chickens all of the time. I never saw it hurt any of them.
     
  7. cheekychick

    cheekychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cheers for your helpful replies people [​IMG]

    I will give them all a try [​IMG]

    If anyone else has any ideas feel free to let me know [​IMG]
     
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you make cheese take the whey and mix it into a mash feed. They will love you for it.
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Raw milk can be fed to chickens. Mine prefer it clabbered. I do give them the whey from cheese making too. Most of it these days goes to the pigs who love it even more.
     
  10. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's what the poultry scientists say : "Chickens do not possess the necessary enzymes to efficiently hydrolyze lactose into glucose and galactose."

    So in other words, they are lactose intolerant.

    If they are provided with the micro-organisms that are found in cultured milk products, chickens can apparently make use of the lactose. In fact, providing them with these "probiotics" has been researched as a way to prevent chicken diseases.

    I don't know how many beneficial micro-organisms I was getting into the raw milk by leaving it at room temperature (under a dish towel) for a day but probably quite a few. Actually making cheese should completely culture the milk or any byproduct with the beneficial "bugs." All that should be of help to the chickens.

    Steve
     

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