Feeding chickens CAT FOOD!?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jen5680, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Ok a lady that shows her chickens said that she only feeds them cat food.
    I was like what the heck??? Has anyone else ever heard of this and how
    could this be good for them?
  2. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Dayton Indiana
    I have on occasion when I run out and I've read it's ok on occasion but not as a rule. I think it's the taurins that can build up in their system and cause problems. Mine love it when they get it but I do give it very cautiously.
  3. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    I was told to grind up Special Kitty and mix it with the feed. It is 40% protien and helps them grow and makes them stronger.
  4. chickens4me

    chickens4me Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    I have actually been told by another lady
    that her husband mixes cat food into other chicken feed for her husband's prize game birds before. I believe she said that cat food contains a lot of protein?
  5. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    Lots of people feed cat food to chickens during molts. The extra protien helps support feather productions. I don't know how it would be for exclusive feed.
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    QUALITY cat food contains a lot of protein. I feed my cats Taste of the Wild. I also use the cat food as a duck treat and I break up pieces and give some to my quail along with their game bird feed.
  7. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    Cat food should not be a steady diet but a booster. The real cheap cat food are purty close to some chicken feeds but with higher protien. So many use them as a booster after moult and to get pullets to lay that are old enough.
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  8. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    ONLY feeding cat food isnt a good idea. (I wouldnt guess.)

    Wouldnt it be REALLY expensive too?
  9. briteday

    briteday Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    Just a thought...cat food is about $1 per pound and is about 30% protein (read the nutritional label on the side for the brand you choose). Kitten food is a bit higher, cheap adult food may be a bit lower.

    Purina Gamebird Starter is 30% protein and it only costs about $34 for 50 pounds = $0.68 per pound.

    The only advantage I see to the cat food is that it might (read the label for ingredients) contain more animal protein than any bird food.
  10. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    I have some free ranged batams that get into our shed and eat the cat food that's out for...well duh, our cats.

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