Feeding chickens meat

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lorraine Perth, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it necessary to feed chickens meat? I would prefer not to. They have access to laying pellets all the time and I give them fruit and vegetable food scraps
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Is there a reason you prefer not to?

    In answer to your question, no, it isn't necessary to feed them meat. Many (millions of hens) chickens around the world survive on a vegetarian feed.
    That said, chickens are omnivores. They are also scavengers and opportunists. They have been thus for hundreds of thousands of years. They relish bugs and worms. I see them eat frogs and mice.
    With that in mind, they benefit from animal protein.
    A chicken, left to it's own devices on pristine pasture will eat a blend of seeds, vegetation and animal protein.
    IMO, reinventing the wheel isn't the best move.
     
  3. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    No other reason then I would rarely have any meat scrapes to give them and I was wondering should I include it. Thanks for the reply
     
  4. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    How about something easy like a can of mackerel? They love meat and this is an easy quick way. Or how about leftover chicken soup? Make a hot mash with your feed and give them a treat. I don't know if you have reservations of feeding chicken but It's a natural way. [​IMG]
     
  5. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    No reservations just wondering if they needed it. Canned mackerel sounds perfect!
     
  6. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Look on the can. It really bumps up the protein.
     
  7. rottnwarrior

    rottnwarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they have layer pellets at all times, no you don't have to feed them anything extra. But as ChickenCanoe pointed out, they are omnivores and love to eat meat, fruit, veg, and seeds. I throw all our leftovers and table scraps in with our birds. Everything. They love it and not only does it not involve buying extra food to give them, it cuts down on feed I've got to buy.
     
  8. ranchodejo

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    What foods shouldn't be given to chickens. I have some left over cooked grits that has butter & salt. Would that be okay?
     
  9. KatsChicks

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    So I can give them Beef, Pork and Chicken if I have Leftovers? I wasn't sure about feeding them Meat so so far I've always picked out the Meat of Pasta and such. Ranchodejo, I'm sure the Grits would be ok and they will love them :)
     
  10. skippyscage

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    chickens are omnivores, they love meat
     

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