Chickens eat fish?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Elwar, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Elwar

    Elwar Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, I live right on a canal next to the Gulf and we've caught a few fish, lots of minnows but we never know what to do with them...I don't really like fish and my wife thinks they're too cute to eat. So we just throw them back in, or throw it in our crab trap.

    Would it be good for the chickens if I throw a fish in with them? Will they eat it? Do I have to worry about the bones and all of that? Or what about dead crabs?
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Chickens will eat just about anything. I'd feed them minnows.
     
  3. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that they will eat fish. Never tried it though.
     
  4. consdrs

    consdrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOLOLOL! Chickens are miniature, oddly shaped, pigs, covered in feathers, they eat anything...

    Connie
     
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  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    yup..mine love it..we feed it to them raw right out of the river..(not sure if were supposed to though). We take off the head and gut them first. And the ducks go even crazier for it..
     
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine do. Still alive. they really like 'cat'fish. [​IMG]
     
  7. charlielynnsingletary

    charlielynnsingletary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes yes yes they will eat fish. We run catfish nets and after we clean the fish we toss a few to the hens and they go nuts.
    You can also give them your crab and crawfish shells too. The shells give the yolks a nice rich color.
     
  8. redbone

    redbone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a crawfish boil a few weeks ago. I should have given them the shells. With all the cayenne, it would have been a de-wormer as well! [​IMG] I'll remember that for next year.
     
  9. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once our "pond" froze over, and we poured the dead, rotting goldfish out. The chickens loved them! It was disgusting, but they were having such a good time. Minnows would be fine, too.
     
  10. charlielynnsingletary

    charlielynnsingletary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's why I give them the shells. It kills two birds with one stone. HA HA HA!!!
     

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