cottage cheese

Long Last Farm

Songster
9 Years
Apr 30, 2010
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Southern Tier, NY
Hi! I have a source for free fresh cottage cheese. I can have 3 (24 oz.) contaniers per week. How much and how ofyen would you feed it to a flock of 25 chickens ( 2 roos, 23 pullets, 17 of those pullets laying--the other 6 a little too young yet) They LOVE it, but I don't want to overdo it.... on ther other hand, it has lots of protein and calcium....
 

johny

Songster
9 Years
May 22, 2010
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Lots of discussion on other posts about milk products.
Many think raw milk gives them diarrhea.
Majority think digested milk products like yogurt and cheese are safe, .

Try a half tub and see what happens.
I bet they love it and nothing bad happens at all.
At the worst a day of chicken diarrhea gets soaked up in woood chips and you won't do it again.
Personally, I think you have a good thing going if you can keep getting the stuff for free. HIgh protein and calcium load would be good for the hens and probably fill out the meat on your roosters too.
 

NYREDS

Crowing
12 Years
Jan 14, 2008
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Quote:Where did you get this information? I've been feeding chickens milk & milk products for 50 years & if it has caused them a problem it hasn't been evident to me.
 

7L Farm

Songster
9 Years
Jul 22, 2010
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Anderson, Texas
I thought cottage cheese was good to feed the birds. In moderation. I'm sure I read that CCheese was OK somewhere here at BYC. I give my birds some a few times a week they love it. Should I stop?
 

eggbuster

Songster
9 Years
Apr 1, 2010
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Quote:This is totally not true. Chickens have been fed milk and milk products including raw milk since the dark ages. Mine go through a gallon a day of clabbered and or fresh raw milk. Feed cottage cheese; it is good for them. Mine have also helped themselves to rancid butter, sour and fresh cream and there is no sign of problems. They will self regulate. If they pig out its because they need the protein.
 

thechickenchick

Born city, Living country
11 Years
Mar 8, 2008
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Eaton, Colorado
I am so happy for you! Free chicken food is a blessing
It will not hurt them, as with anything , moderation is the key. If you fed them nothing but CC every day then you may have a problem but if you give it to them a bit at a time, you will be fine. You are right it has excellent nutritional value for them. Good score!!
 

GoldenCometLover

Chirping
9 Years
Sep 23, 2010
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Freeville, NY
Wow - bad for them?


I give my hens cottage cheese (low fat) and plain yogurt regulary, no signs of issues like lactose intolerance or runny poops at all...I mix in oats, flax and spinach and sometimes grapes...
they go gaga for it!


Free cottage cheese - I'd be all over that like a hen on a mealworm sandwich!


The only thing I have noticed definitely gives them a case of the runs in bananas....which they adore, but only get once in a blue moon!
 

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