cat food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by abhaya, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    2 of my pullets love cat food. I have cats that I feed in the barn and I have 2 chickens that I have to shoo away from the cat food every morning. Are they telling me something? They have layer pellets in the coop and free range all day. I give them a little scratch at night before they go into the coop. They get occasional treats but mostly pellets and free range. Should I be concerned about them eating cat food?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Cat food is OK as long as it isn't the only thing they eat. Keep it a treat. Mine make a beeline to the cat dishes first thing every morning.

    Imp
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    As an occasional treat it's fine.
     
  4. Thousand Oaks Family

    Thousand Oaks Family Out Of The Brooder

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    I have fed my cat food before to boost their protein and it would get them laying again.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:If one is worried about Salt and Mycotoxin all you would have to do is feed a better Cat/ Dod food, one that is low Salt and contains no grains.

    As a treat most types of Cat/ Dod food is OK. I would say the better of the two as a treat would be dog food just because they use a better grade of ingredients in dog food than cat food.

    Chris
     
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  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  8. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always have to put my cat food up when I let the chickens out in the morning! I didn't know it could be bad for them, it's just that my cat eats Iams, and that is just too expensive to ket the chickens get it![​IMG]
     
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:Just so that you know there is Methionine in all[/i] poultry feed.

    ams.usda.gov :

    Methionine is an essential amino acid necessary in poultry diets for proper cell growth and feather development.

    Methionine is found naturally in foods such as red meat, fish, beans, and grains. Methionine is a protein-based amino acid which assists with metabolic function, breaks down fat, and is the primary source of sulfur in the body. As one of the compounds known as a lipotrophic, a fat burner or antioxidant, methionine is also critical for the removal of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, from the body. Some of its other primary purposes include ensuring healthy liver, kidney, bladder and it is essential for muscle growth and energy.

    As for the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart I my self wouldn't go by half of which is says, most of that stuff that is posted on there is only half true.

    Chris​
     
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  10. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I buy 9 lives tuna canned cat food for my cats, and in the winter give my chickens a can a week....
    they love it
     

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