Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wayneh, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. wayneh

    wayneh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2011
    N. E. Alabama
    my girls ate some cheese yesterday from a bologna n cheese sandwich I didn't finish. TW (the wife) told me not to give it to the girls for some reason. can anyone here tell me any reason my chicks should not eat cheese? I don't think it would be bad. what to y'all think?
  2. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    I would restrict the amount I give them. My girls get the runs from too much yogurt and I suspect that would be true for cheese also.

    However, if it is actually a processed cheese product slice, I would keep it away from chickens and humans. That stuff is a polymer that resembles laundry detergent more than cheese.
  3. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    My understanding of it was that chickens don't have the enzymes in their stomach to required digest dairy, and so it can lead to problems. That said, I give mine yoghurt all the time and it does no harm at all!
  4. Buff-Island-Australorp

    Buff-Island-Australorp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    Bixby, OK
    I'd have done the same thing. Chickens will eat most ANYTHING!!!
    No since of letting that sandwich go to waste.
  5. queenbeezz

    queenbeezz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    My father used to refer to the chickens as "land crabs" meaning that they will eat anything. I don't think an occasional scrap of sand wich will hurt them. We feed our chickens all the scraps from the table every night, doesn't seem to bother them.
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  6. KaylaBird

    KaylaBird Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 25, 2010
    Sunny SoCal
    I have a chicken book/guide that lists cheese as a remedy for ill/sick chickens who wont eat:
    "Cheese - A favorite treat among most chickens and will help stimulate hunger."

    but I second that if its that kraft singles fake cheese product, that they should not be eating it. Or anyone for that matter.
  7. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    I wouldn't make it a regular thing with them but dont think a little cheese will do them no harm. Say what you will about a chicken they know what thy like and what they dont. What they dont like is not much.Carrots are not a favorite with my girls but eventually they eat them. Mine would rather drink out of a muddy puddle than the ice cold water I provide,so smart yet so dumb. I wait on them hand and foot ,maybe I'm the dumb one?[​IMG]
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  8. ellie97

    ellie97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2011
    My girls, when they were about 12 weeks old, had a big chunk of cheese, and didn't have any problem with it. However, that was about 1/4 pound of cheddar cheese between 27 chickens. They'll be fine I'm guessing, just don't give it to them all the time.
  9. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I admit I love kraft fake cheese. It melts nicely for grilled cheese. I can't stand real cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich-it melts funky IMO. However, if I was giving chickens cheese it would probably be the real stuff.
  10. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    Our chickens eat all kinds of scraps, including the occasional chunks of moldy cheese. There's no problem with it. I don't know who started this idea that dairy wasn't good for chickens. The literature I'VE read RECOMMENDS dairy as a great source of food for chickens, especially for those people who have access to dairy animals or leftover whey from a creamery, etc...

    Chickens can eat almost anything, as part of a varied diet--that's what originally made them such a popular animal to raise for food, and it is still one of their greatest virtues as livestock on family farms and in backyards around the world...

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