Ever Make Chicken For Your Chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mtnhomechick, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Well, I just bought some store bought chicken on sale for a big pot of soup for DH and me.

    It gave me a new appreciation for the way I process Chicken.

    I trimmed so much fat and waste and I hate to waste food.

    So I made a Chicken and Noodle Casserole for my 40 layers and 30 cats.

    Put a bit of bread in the final result so it would spread.

    Of course, they still get layer crumbles and dry cat food, but just wondered it anyone here ever gives chicken to chickens, LOL.

    Last edited: Nov 17, 2008
  2. GinaNY

    GinaNY Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    Mamaroneck, New York
    wouldn't that make the chickens want to 'eat' each other or their eggs?
  3. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Hopefully, they're not intelligent enough to make THAT connection!! [​IMG]
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Mine LOVE chicken,...... esp. BBQ! I took mine a huge pot of chicken rice soup that I burned the bottom of [​IMG] DH wasn't very happy... but my chooks sure were! [​IMG]
  5. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Nah...Chickens are omnivores- they'll eat whatever comes along. They eat each other if they can. They eat eggs if they associate the shape of the egg with food. I feed chicken AND eggs all the time if I have them left over and they don't each each other or their own eggs. They really aren't smart enough to associate the taste with the food item. I think it's more of an opportunistic thing.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I haven't fed mine any meat scraps but I have read posts on other thread where some say they do.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    After I make soup stock from necks and carcasses, I toss the necks and sometimes parts of the carcass to the chickens. Please don't judge me [​IMG] They LOVE it and it is astonishing how clean they can pick those bones even after I've done MY best to get little bits for fried rice and so on.

    I suppose there is a theoretical possibility of some bird analog of mad cow disease, type thing, but honestly, there are enough theoretical possibilities of bad things in the world, I am not going to sit here all in a dither worrying about all of 'em. They like the chicken, it's good protein for them, I give it to 'em [​IMG]

  8. FingerLakesChick

    FingerLakesChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    Western New York
    You should see what they do with a whole left over Thanksgiving turkey carcass!! It looks like something you'd find in a desert when they're done with it. They love it and it keeps them busy for hours!! Pork chop bones will keep them busy for a long time too.
  9. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    Yeah, I've heard compelling arguments from both sides....it's good for them and they like it vs. bad cannabalistic mojo [​IMG]

    I was a strong believer in the bad cannabalistic mojo til I got back into chickens and realized what garbage disposals they really were. Mine free range and I've seen peeps tackle a praying mantis bigger than they were. They all ran around fighting eachother for it and ripping it to shreds....kinda reminds me of the velicoraptors from Jurrasic Park!

    Now, Im on the side of give it to them. They eat mice for pete's sake! A lot of the mash does not have high enough protein so I think it's beneficial for them and your not wasting anything. It's definitely a no-brainer...I think.

    ....and let's face it, they are chickens. There's not too much going on up there, so feed them the chicken!! [​IMG]
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Wowie. Someone else who does that. Cool. I thought I was the only nutcase out here [​IMG]


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