Feeding chickens chicken?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by afj6710, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. afj6710

    afj6710 Chirping

    Jan 2, 2011
    I know that it is debatable whether or not to feed chicken to chickens. DH is very much opposed but I'm not sure where I stand. [​IMG] That's not what this post is about.

    I just made a big pot of chicken broth. Can I give the chicken carcass and veggies to the chickens? Do I need to worry about them eating little bones and choking? It's just so much food to just throw out, yk?
  2. JHillgrove

    JHillgrove In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    I never give my chickens any kind of meat, but that is my personal decision.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I think it would be fine. Other people have posted that they give their chickens carcasses.

  4. Jacobnlynn

    Jacobnlynn In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2011
    I give my chickens the chicken carcass after boiling for soup too. Never any problems.. and they LOVE it. They get so much more off the bones than I take off.. it amazing. I'm all for it.

    I live in Wyoming, USA at 7,200 feet.. not much season for bug growing outside.. so they don't get much of their protein from a purely natural source. I see nothing wrong with that small amount.

    If you had a place you got lots of leftover chicken as scraps for your chickens.. I wonder if they would have a problem with the majority of their protein coming from their own kind.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    They will not choke on bones or anything. Anything that mine have attempted to eat and couldn't get down...came back up before being totally swallowed (large grape - scared the crap out of me...large chunk of bread another time). Mine pick at bones/carcasses, sling them to get the meat off.
  6. ChlorophyllChick

    ChlorophyllChick In the Brooder

    May 27, 2011
    We occasionally give ours scraps of chicken leftover from dinner, as long as it is not heavily seasoned. It felt a little creepy feeding our chickens chicken at first, but they love it and it is a good source of protein for them.
  7. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Dayton Indiana
    I give them back their flock in the form of the carcass. They enjoy it, they don't get sick and it's obviously great protein. Pretty sustainable
  8. JHillgrove

    JHillgrove In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    Alright, you have changed my mind, I will begin giving them left over chicken, but what about beef?
  9. I give my chickens leftover meat scraps, chicken soup, roast chicken, roast beef, any bits of meat when I do fridge clean out. I try to clean the fridge weekly so that nothing is bad, that way I'm able to give them the leftovers instead of throwing everything away.
    We eat healthy so none of our food is overly salty and never processed.
  10. Chickens are not vegetarians. They crave meat in almost any form. Worms, bugs, beef, pork, chicken, etc.

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