cottage cheese

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Long Last Farm, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Long Last Farm

    Long Last Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2010
    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....
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  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I wouldn't. Chickens are lactose intolerant. Sorry.
  3. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    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 Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    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.
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    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?
  6. eggbuster

    eggbuster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2010
    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.
  7. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I am so happy for you! Free chicken food is a blessing [​IMG] 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!! [​IMG]
  8. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, it's bad for them. Please send it to my house for disposal...... [​IMG]
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  9. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
  10. GoldenCometLover

    GoldenCometLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2010
    Freeville, NY
    Wow - bad for them? [​IMG]

    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... [​IMG] they go gaga for it! [​IMG]

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

    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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