Cat food for Chooks ???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by max101, May 13, 2009.

  1. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read here on byc that cat food is good for chickens. What type of cat food does everyone mean? beef, chicken etc. Is there a brand or a flavour that is no good for chickens. Can they eat the fishy type? Do I feed this to them as a treat, twice weekly or is it good for them all the time. Thanks
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Mine eat anything left over from the cats, on the deck. I also occasionally throw some dry into their food.

    Imp
     
  3. kevindean

    kevindean Out Of The Brooder

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    CAT food?
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yes CAT food. Although I wouldn't reccomend it as a steady diet. Some people give it to malnourished,sick or injured chickens for extra protein. And to answer the OPs question. Any kind of cat food.

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  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I sometimes throw a handful of dry cat food out to the chooks. Usually when they are begging at the kitchen door and I don't have time to cook them up a full meal. [​IMG]
    I figure if I don't give it to them, they'll just steal it from the Kitty when I feed her anyhow. They also steal the dog's food and the goat's food.
     
  6. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried it awhile back, but my chicks never took a liking to it.
     
  7. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yours beg too....here I thought I was the only one with the sad eyes looking through the screen door.
     
  8. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

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    Quote:Oh no, this is an inbred thing. Passed down through the chicken generations. I think the older hens actually teach a class in it to the babies. They are not out in the field, showing them where bugs are. They are imparting begging tricks.

    Cheri
     
  9. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    When saving eggs to hatch I often suppliment with cat food &/or canned Salmon or Mackrel. This increases protein levels & supplies amino acids along with Omega 3 oils in the case of the canned fish.
    This seems to positively affect fertility & hatchability.
    It's been especially helpful with my bantam ducks.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Awhile back, my SO heard a "knock" at the kitchen door. He opened it to find a bunch of cute hopeful faces staring up at him. He asked me why the chickens were knocking. I told him, just throw them some bread. They'll go away. [​IMG]
     

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