Feeding chicken to chickents

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by turkeymom, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. turkeymom

    turkeymom In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2010
    SE Tennessee
    I've seen it mentioned on here to feed cooked chicken or cat food (which contains chicken) to hens to increase their protein.
    Isn't this how cows get mad cow (from eating cow remains)?
    Is this a problem for chickens, too?
    Just curious.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    No, it's not a problem.
  3. WV_Chicken

    WV_Chicken In the Brooder

    Sep 18, 2010
    Augusta, WV
    I think the idea is disgusting. Why make your chickens into cannibals??
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    My chickens have had left over [cooked] chicken, they also have eaten natural hot dogs they love it and their very own scrambled eggs. I wouldn't feed them raw or uncooked meat.
  5. True Grit

    True Grit Songster

    I'm very leery of feeding same to same species. It is a practice that causes disease in cattle, sheep and humans. I know poultry fat is fed to commercial poultry but I'm not sure if poultry meal is fed to poultry. I'm going to ask someone I know in the business and let you know.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Chickens don't need any encouragement to be cannibals. Neither do alot of other creatures I can think of when a flock/pack member dies. It's only offensive to humans.
    To chickens, the tasty meat you feed them is good protein, nothing more, nothing less.
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:Just a heads up. There all ready cannibals and have been for a good long time.
    Chickens are like Ants to honey when it comes to meat and they don't care what type of meat it is, there a true carnivore.

    Last edited: Sep 26, 2010
  8. treeclimber233

    treeclimber233 Songster

    Nov 12, 2007
    I think the mad cow disease was spread to healthy cows by feeding an already sick cow back to healthy cows. Cows were not created to be meat eaters (unless you count the ocassional catapillar or grasshopper) like chickens are. Show a cow a chunk of meat and the best they will do is maybe smell it. Then show the same meat to a chicken and see what happens. (hint: don't hold it in your hand too long while the chickens are there.)
  9. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Songster

    May 28, 2010
    Hamburg, Iowa
    I believe the Mad Cow disease was transferred when parts of an infect cow's nervous system was added to the meal, then the feed.
  10. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    As stated, chickens will only become cannibalistic when the opportunity is presented to them. But that meat they are exposed to is raw, rather than cooked like the meat we would feed them. There is no blood in the cooked meat and has a completely different taste than that of the raw meat. Thus, the chickens don't associate the cooked chicken to that of their own species. Another thing, chickens aren't mammals so the Mad Cow Disease doesn't apply to them. Different Phylum, different DNA, different diseases...

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