Feeding chickens raw milk

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lothiriel, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Crowing

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    Well, now that our cow Daisy is giving so much milk (2 1/2 gallons a day vs. 5 cups AM and 4 cups PM - reason: her calf is gone), we have plenty to feed it to our animals as well.

    Is there a certain way you all who feed it to yours like to do it? I was thinking just putting it in an extra waterer, or in a dish of sorts, and just letting them drink it that way. They loved the yogurt we made (but sort of ruined). My sister suggested mixing it with their grain. I'm a little leery of that because if they don't like it that way, there's a bunch of wasted grain, and grain's not cheap. Any other suggestions? How much should I give them?
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2010
  2. blueid10

    blueid10 In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2010
    I'd recomend putting a little in a bowl in their coop and leave it for about an hour for them to try. Mabe add some red food coloring for good measure?[​IMG] gosh i love that smiley.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    I think you will be fine at a little at a time. I split a gallon of milk that I get from one of our goats between about 20 birds. ( 1/2 gallon in the morning 1/2 gallon at night )
    I also at times make a wet mash out of the milk and the morning feed and feed that to them...

  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Raw milk is fine. Pastuerized store milk is actually not good for any animal but raw milk still contains everything needed to help digest it. I would make sure though not to leave it more than 24hours and less if it's really hot out. A waterer would work fine provided they will either drink it all or you'll dump it and rinse it at the end of the day.
  5. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    Pastuerized or raw..I'ts better for them if it is left out for a couple of days...
  6. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Pastuerized lacks the enzymes and bacteria to properly age like raw milk will. The pastuerized just goes bad and isn't really good for anything. I know raw milk aged beyond what humans wanted to drink used to be an important food source for chickens before the widespread use of commercial feeds. I would not expect the same results from store milk though and I do not suggest giving it to any animal irregardless of the condition it's in. Nearly all animals lack the ability to digest it properly. Mammals may even suffer nutritional deficiencies over time from intestinal inflammation in reaction to the fats and sugars in the milk.
  7. LAMchop

    LAMchop Chirping

    Nov 24, 2009
    SW VA
    I give extra milk from our cow to the chickens. Most of the time I mix it with some layer pellets and let it sit until the pellets have absorbed all the milk and are mushy- it's less messy to feed that way. Sometimes they get a bowl of milk only, but they get so excited about it and always find a way to tip it over.

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