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Cat food for hens?????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by l'oeuf, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. l'oeuf

    l'oeuf Hatching

    Dec 30, 2008
    Lakewood, CO
    We bought our hens a couple months ago, and the guy we bought them from, who seemed to know a lot about laying hens, suggested giving them cat food every once in a while, to give them some extra protein. I'm curious to know if other people have heard about this, or think this is a sound practice. Also, would it be wet cat food or dry? Also, does anyone have any suggestions for either where to get oyster shells online, or a good substitute for them? We're landlocked in Colorado, and don't eat shellfish anyway, and I can't seem to find them or a substitute in the feed stores around here. Thanks for your thoughts.
  2. texaschick-a-dee

    texaschick-a-dee Songster

    Dec 8, 2008
    Texas coast
    My hens raid the cat dish anytime they're out but I have no idea if it's something they should eat. You should be able to get ground oyster shell from your local feed store. Even if they don't stock it I'm sure that they can order it.
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I feed catfood regulat...mix it with my grains...34% protein is good. I use dry but some folks give canned as a treat not my think though...really no oyster shell? I don't really know what to tell you about that! I am not far from you and can get it regular...Foy's carries it but shipping will kill you!
  4. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    I feed my chicks dry cat food from time to time. It helps after the molt. And I also use can cat food and mix in DE for a wormer.
    I save my egg shells let them dry out and crush them up good.
    Then feed them back to the chicks for the calcium.
  5. rdranch

    rdranch Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    There is a feed store at 42nd & Wadaworth. They should have everything you may need.

    I used game bird feed when our girls were recently molting and it seemed to get them through it a bit faster, and we have also given a handful or so of dry kitten food from time to time.

    Oyster shell is fairly cheep and offered free choice should last you a long time. Fat free, unsweetened yogurt is also very good for them.[​IMG]
  6. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster 10 Years

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    I feed it to mine during molting for the extra protein. Cat food has a little too much salt in it for chickens. Their bodies are not as efficient as a cat at removing the salt.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My chickens steal food from the dogs, the cat and the goat. On occasion I'll toss them a handful of cat food, but I don't make it a regular practice.
  8. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    My chickens can hear the pull tab on a can of catfood at 100 paces. They go absolutely crazy for canned "fish" catfood.
  9. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    My oldest cat loves wet food, but she is picky and tends to only nibble on it when the can is first opened. I end up with a lot of leftovers because of her cranky old butt (she is 19).

    I used to throw it away, but today I put the dish of snubbed cat food out to see if the ducks would eat it. Lana was nibbling on the food when I left for work.
  10. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Songster

    May 23, 2008
    i feed mine on occassion some handfulls of organic cat food from the health co-op ...it has less salt/sodium then regular brands, and around 30% protein. I corse chop it and throw it into the runs as a treat.

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