Catfish food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by scooter147, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a garden pond with large goldfish and koi. Earlier this year I bought a 50lb bag of catfish food (16.90 for 50lb) to feed the goldfish and koi instead of the normal koi food ($48 for less than 5 lbs).

    The problem, I started feeding it and about a week later the goldfish started dying. Most of these goldfish are about 5-6 years old and are quite the little moby dicks, quite large. They were able to swallow the round pellets with no problems. I put two and two together and figured the catfish food was the problem. Maybe it was to big and they could not digest it. I didn't have a single koi die but they are twice the size of the goldfish. I have not had one die since I stopped.

    My question, I hate to just throw it away do you think it would hurt the chickens if I feed it to them? I would like to feed it this fall when they start to molt. I usually feed a little dry cat food for the higher protein.

    It is 32% protein and the main ingredient is fish meal.

    I figure if I feed it a handful at a time the worse thing is I might get a little run poo.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  2. cmcgoun

    cmcgoun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well thats a lot of protein, and fish meal could give the eggs an off taste, or since its the main ingredient it probably will!
     
  3. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    There's all sorts of junk in catfish food. I wouldn't give it to anything else. I wouldn't even feed it to fish I cared about as you've already found out.

    Stupid censor.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  4. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could use it to put in a grub bucket...
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I feed Southern States pond fish food to my peacocks,turkeys,Emu's and chickens. Chickens get about a handful or two in with their chicken food, never hurt anyone, they love it. It's about $11-$14 her for 40-50 lbs. I wouldn't use it as a sole source of food, but as a treat etc. they love it. Also, our feed store sell Mazuie Koi food, 25lbs, I think, for $20. My goldfish love it.
     

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