Chickens eating dog food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by awilcox, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. awilcox

    awilcox New Egg

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    Hi,

    I've searched and cannot seem to find other posts on this topic. We have 3 dogs who free feed and five laying hens. Everyone gets along famously.
    The chickens free range and I've noticed lately that they REALLY like to come on the deck and steal the dogs' food. We have a bunch of woodpeckers
    who do the same thing. Is this because most dog food has cornmeal in it? We feed the "weight control" variety of pedigree (one older dog is on a diet).
    Will this hurt the chickens or affect their laying?

    Thanks so much!!
    Allison;)
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:I think search is acting up.

    It's OK if chickens eat dog or cat food. Some people will give it to them for extra protein. Some people will point out that it is high in salt and may not have all the correct amino acids, but as a treat it is OK. Mine head to the cat food bowls on the deck first thing every morning. Last night I didn't feel like chopping veggies so I threw a handfull in their treat bowl.
    There was someone last week with the same question. That poster had access to free dog food. Lucky

    Imp- If the chickens start barking cut back on the dog food. [​IMG]
     
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  3. awilcox

    awilcox New Egg

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    Thank you sooooooo much!!! No barking yet, but i'll keep an ear out [​IMG]

    we feed them layer pellets and they roam all over eating whatever they please, so i'm glad i don't have to put the
    dog bowls up and start some wierd schedule to keep the chickens off the dog food. we're a little lazy [​IMG]
     
  4. newchickgal

    newchickgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, the chickens here make sure the dog bowl is nice and clean! Although if my outside dog doesn't finish his food I do pick it up, but if there's just a few bites left then I leave it.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Well you may need to resort to a weird schedule when the chickens refuse to share with the dogs. I can only feed the cats at night. [​IMG]

    Imp
     
  6. TeriNick50

    TeriNick50 Out Of The Brooder

    My girls love dry cat food as a treat ... if I had a dog, they would probably love that food as well.
    The cat food is especially handy when I have to keep the girls cooped up all day.
    I throw and handful or two of cat food into their pen and they scratch all day looking for those tiny, delicious morsels.
     
  7. TexasChickenDance

    TexasChickenDance Out Of The Brooder

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    Speaking of cat food, when you give to your chickens do you crumble it? It seems rather large to leave whole and I would be afraid they would choke on it.
     
  8. awilcox

    awilcox New Egg

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    Hi Texas,

    I live in dripping springs outside Austin- where are you? [​IMG]

    The wild birds (the woodpeckers) and the chickens all seem to have NO problem pecking the dog food pieces to death to eat them. I wouldn't worry about crumbling it!!
     
  9. TexasChickenDance

    TexasChickenDance Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi awilcox,

    I live in Medina. We just started with chickens in Jan. Have 6 RIR hens and are waiting patiently for them to start laying. [​IMG]
     
  10. awilcox

    awilcox New Egg

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    Wow, it's beautiful there! Have fun with RIR. I just started last year and got the chicks in about April with eggs starting August.
    It is a BLAST. [​IMG]
     

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