Feeding cat food to chickens! How?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicken_angler, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    I am interested in this. What type do I need to feed them? Do I mix it in their food?Can I use a cheap brand? Does it help with egglaying in Winter?
     
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    I use the cheapest dry food I can find and let soak in water. It helps as a protein suppliment as most dry foods are about 30% protein. I would not feed everyday as it is not the best food choice for chickens. I'm not so sure it will help with egg production but it will give you fat chickens over time. Obesity in chickens greatly lowers egg production.
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why not just feed a non-medicated starter or a high-protein turkey grower?

    You would be staying within the family of birds with your feed choice that way.

    You should know that Diana has objected quite a bit about cat food and linked some studies that show why she is concerned:

    Treat Chart

    Steve
     
  4. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    my chickens steal my cat food all day long. one chases my cat away from the food. pretty funny to see. i know they should not have much but it is a constant battle. they do love it.
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Quote:I got the same problem!
     
  6. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Thanks for the replies everyone. I definetly don't want to cause a problem with fatness in my chickens. Should I give a little bit to them every once in a while or what? I know I am not getting enough protein in the feed I buy. I mix two kinds--1 is 16% and the other is 14%.
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:I got the same problem!

    The cats are fed at night now, for their own protection. Never a dirty cat food bowl on the deck anymore. The only thing better is when the possums lick the bowl clean. [​IMG] Sometimes I sprinkle the dry cat food on the veggies, for a change.
     
  8. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is hard for us to keep dog feed out for Mabel and Ruby. The chickens eat all of it and there crop looks like it is going to bust. We wait until the chickens go in before feeding the dogs..and if there are left overs.. the chickens go straight there and eat the rest when we let them out.
     

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