Chicken processing remains for dogs?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lmblackburn, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. lmblackburn

    lmblackburn Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 19, 2009
    Mon. County, WV
    This is my first year raising meat birds. We have 10 to be butchered in another month or two, BOs and BRs. I own a Greater Swiss Mnt. dog and thought it would be cool if I could use some of the chicken bits that we won't eat for him as dog food and/or treats. So, do any of you do this already? Can the blood be made into anything or just frozen and doled out as treats? I am very interested in learning what bits you give your dogs and how to prepare them.

  2. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    ours love the necks and they are REALLY good for their teeth. You can take the gizzard.liver and heart and grind them up in to a dog food if you wish with the fee and necks too.
  3. HLAC

    HLAC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    Central Utah
    I think it's a great idea.

    My lab is a raw fed dog. So far her chicken eating experience has just been with grocery store birds but I hope to raise some of those 'unwanted' layer breed cockrels for her to eat.

    I do feed her all sorts of scraps from the wild game (deer, squirrels, rabbits, doves) that I take during hunting season. She loves it.
  4. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    Our dogs are on a raw diet.

    They love the leftover carcass of any animal we butcher. I don't do anything to any of it. Just give it to them and they drag it off and eat it.
  5. snewman

    snewman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2007
    Belleville, WI
    I give my dogs the heart, liver, kidneys, gizard and neck right off the bat. I do cook them, but only because I feel like it, not because they need them cooked. I cook the whole batch up then put it in tubs in the fridge and freezer to add in small amounts to their regular food at each meal. I also keep all trimmings from a cooked bird and do the same, the skin, fat, juices, etc that we don't eat. In fact, all meat scraps at our house end up in a tub that I dole out to the dogs in small amounts. They love mealtime!
  6. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I toss out all the extra parts, the dogs and cats go crazy!!!!!!the only thing that gets left behind are teh feathers and the guts. My dogs love the feet and they all fight for the organs.

    They love it when I do the rabbits too.
  7. knittychickadee

    knittychickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    I have a raw fed dog, and I've been saving everything but the intestines and feathers for her. When I process, I have a line of ice cream buckets next to me and organs go into one, heads and feet into another, intestines in another. Then its easy to split up for freezing.
    I put the heads and feet together in ziploc freezer bags, all other organs/misc tubes, extra skin, fat go into small gladware containers. I also started saving blood lately. I bleed them out into plastic ice cream buckets and it hardens up into a jello like consistency pretty quickly. Then I cut it up and put it into small gladware containers too.
  8. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, I'm in awe of you all using every bit of your birds. I wish I had the energy to do that! As for the dogs, I have heard that they can eat the backs and necks as well, but only raw- that cooking them can make them splinter when chewed, and kill your dog.
  9. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    not a fan of raw food diet for dogs.. but i give the dogs the hearts and organs (cooked) ... then when i cook down the carcasses for stock i strain out all the leavin's and the cats eat like kings for a week! our cats get the necks and they pick every little bit from the bones.

    some folks put the feathers and such in the compost pile (layered in straw) but we have too many over interested dogs. so we just dig (deep) hole or build a big burn pile.

    good luck!
  10. Le Canard de Barbarie

    Le Canard de Barbarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    I wax my ducks, and as a result the heads are featherless. My Great Pyrenees puppy loves munching on the raw head. For a chew toy I give her the duck feet. I love the giblets for myself, so the dog is out of luck in that department.

    This works out very well for me, because it cuts down on her food bill.

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