Feeding animals

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by linuxman, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. linuxman

    linuxman Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2012
    I read in a book that some old timers would give their laying flock some fresh meat every week during the winter, to replace the protien that the birds were missing not having bugs. Does ANYONE else do this?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Many of us believe that animal products are good for chickens. Meat is good but it doesn’t have to be meat. Think more of animal protein. They are omnivores. I chuckle when I see someone offering them a vegetarian feed. That’s just not natural though the people doing that usually think they are improving their chickens’ feed and being all natural and organic. The chicken feed I use lists animal protein products as the 4th ingredient in the ingredients list. That’s high enough for me.

    I don’t limit it to winter. Mine get extra animal protein throughout the year whenever I have it available. That might be stuff from my kitchen. I keep an extra bucket handy whenever I butcher chickens for the bits and pieces I’ll give back to the flock. Hunters or fishermen will sometimes toss the parts they are not eating to their chickens. I haven’t gone this far, but some people gather road kill to provide their chickens extra animal protein. I don’t do it to replace the bugs they are not catching. I do it to provide them free extra protein.
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  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG]Yep. Same here.

    I wouldn't do road kill. Especially road kill that would consume meat themselves.. Who knows what kind of trash they went through and possible diseases they are carrying.

    My chickens get raw meat that gets freezer burnt, leftovers right off the bone and organs from butchering.
  4. linuxman

    linuxman Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2012
    OK, thanks all! Yeah, thanks to NY laws, I can't legally handle road kill without a permit, which I don't have. Well, I know what I am doing with the freezer burned meat!
  5. oldrooster

    oldrooster One Crazy Nut

    That's way too funny needing a permit to take road kill......
  6. linuxman

    linuxman Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2012
    Oh, that isn't ever the worst, but pretty average. Yeah, it is a little odd. It also makes for roads with a LOT of dead animals on them, as the buzzards can't keep up.
  7. TheChickInn

    TheChickInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    I have had good luck feeding a winter time mix of Nutrena Feather Fixer, scratch and sunflower seeds. When it gets really cold, I put out some high protein suet as well for a treat. I also throw them a handful of cat food a few times a week- they love it!
  8. what did I do

    what did I do Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2012
    I give meat to my chickens.

    My chickens will fight the cows for the cows placenta after she calves. It is funny to watch.

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