Chickens eating the cat food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by albsure, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. albsure

    albsure Out Of The Brooder

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    During these cold months the chickens (3 hens, 1 roo) spend most of their time in the coop, which is a penned-in corner of our old barn. I don't have the coop sealed beyond the rafters, so they fly up and out, ranging around inside the barn. Our barn cats winter there as well. The chickens get fed in the coop and the cats get fed elsewhere in the barn.

    Usually I can find the chickens picking at the cat food, guessing they like it as a snack for variety. I've seen on this site that chickens shouldn't eat cat food because of the taurine content...

    Please let me know what are the problem, if any, with this...
     
  2. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Cat food is OK in small amounts. I have 7 hens and throw them a handful. Doesn't hurt them in small quantities and boosts protein.
     
  3. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's good enough for the senior citizens, it's good enough for my chickens! LOL!
     
  4. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

    Dec 30, 2008
    Southwest Indiana
    Dont know if its ok or not but I have 1 chicken that I call the wild hen. She seperated herself from the rest of the flock over 4 months ago and it just so happened to be 2 days before all the other of her kind went to freezer camp. She lives in a holly tree behind our house and every morning goes to the cat food pans and then out to the bird feeder to see what was dropped.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    As soon as I open the run. Mine make a beeline for the catfood.

    Imp
     
  6. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    I let the birds pick off anything that isnt eaten by the cats on their plate. No sense in letting it go to waste!

    It not usually very much, maybe a few mouthfuls for the cats but the chickens think its golden [​IMG]
     
  7. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give mine small amounts of dry cat food if they are in molt. Especially in the winter when I want to promote faster feather growth. The birds don't look as pale and they are more energetic. I guess that I could go buy some game bird feed, however I have cats so it's just easier to get a scoop or two out of their stash.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:Bad...but [​IMG]

    Why is cat food so tasty to other animals??? Possums love it, raccoons love it, my dogs love it, chickens love it...my cats are the only ones who sometimes turn up their noses at it [​IMG]
     
  9. yellowchickensmomma

    yellowchickensmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens will beat the cat to the door to get the cat food.
     
  10. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    teach1rsl - I have wondered that myself!
     

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