Cat food for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by aurorarose25, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Stuck in the Coop

    Stuck in the Coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    North Central, MO
    I've been feeding Game bird feed to all my new chicks. It is 25 to 29% protein, or if your lucky even higher. I see a big difference in chicks raised on this, larger legs, thicker feathering and faster growth. If you can find a meat-based protein it is even better.

    I have a blind 9 month old silkie cockerel who is confined for the winter in a 4x4 brooder box. He has eaten only 29% meat based protein Game bird starter along with the chicks since October. He is gorgeous, his feathers are shiny and full. He is fully conditioned to show...he just isn't show quality. I kinda used him as my test subject to see what the results of higher protein conditioning would be. I'm convinced it works. Game bird feed is only a couple dollars more and it is safer than cat food. Perhaps that is another option you could try. [​IMG]
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2012
    Mine are looking gorgeous also after eating dried kitten food.[​IMG]
  3. Soli

    Soli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2010
    My chickens get a medium supplement of low quality cat food every day, and they are like crack addicts to get it. The peacock also is very fond of his morning cat food supplement. It simulates the insect/carnivore aspect of a wild chicken diet and it seems the birds really thrive on it.
  4. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2012
    Our cat always gets jealous when she sees the chickens getting cat food [​IMG]
  5. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Last week we had single digit temps so I decided to give the crew some warm oatmeal for breakfast. I added some yogurt and a small can of cat food. They went crazy!! [​IMG] We got four eggs that day. Most we've had in a day in two months! This may be a coincidence but they've had that breakfast 3 times now and each day we got 4 eggs! I'll keep giving them this special treat and maybe one of these days ALL the freeloaders will lay! [​IMG]
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  6. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2012
    Good stuff for chickens [​IMG]
  7. rmh0508

    rmh0508 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2011
    Engadine, MI
    I am not sure if this applies to chickens but I do know that with dogs, horses and the like when you feed too much protein it will actually cause more harm then good. Their bodies can only use so much protein and the left over just goes out the other end and muscle problems are one thing to watch out for. Like I said I don't know if it applies to the chickens but I don't think I would be feeding only cat food or dog food to them.
    Chickens I would think would require different amounts of vitamins or minerals then a dog or cat. Someone please correct me if I am wrong tho...
  8. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2012
    It won't harm chickens if you give them small portions [​IMG]
  9. littlethorn

    littlethorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2009
    Northern California

    2nd this - when I was a kid, my dad used to give our ducks cat and dog food in addition to their feed as well because he always said it would make their feathers nice
  10. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have hand raised dozens of baby birds that have fallen from the nest with dry cat food soaked in water. They all matured wonderfully even from tiny featherless creatures. It seems the perfect diet for them. :)

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