cat food/winter treats

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  1. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an old bag of dry cat food and was wondering if the pieces are too big for my 18 week old chickens. I am afraid they will choke. Can I just sprinkle it in the run and not worry??

    Also, it's getting cold in the mornings here in MA any good winter treats for them. A lot of people are talking about oatmeal. Can it be the flavored instant that has expired or should I get the plain oatmeal that I need to cook.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Most commercial cat food is not going to pose any sort of choking hazard for an 18 week old chicken - they could (and will) swallow items far larger than that. Yes, you can sprinkle it out and not worry.
     
  3. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Any thoughts about the instant oatmeal?
     
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Expensive to feed chickens, but people feed it all the time. Cooked or not they do like it.
     
  5. the little zoo

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    I am new to keeping chickens & have a pair of Silkie bantams. I have never heard about giving hens cat food, what do they get from the cat food & is it something they benefit from during the winter? What else is good for them during the winter months for feed?
     
  6. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't give cat food to chickens,for the fact that it most likely has chicken in it.IMO
     
  7. the little zoo

    the little zoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I did think it was a bit odd but was just curious because of this post.
    Thank you.
     
  8. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't buy it for them, it's just I had some laying around. It's good protein for them but that is about all.
     

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