Feeding deer meat scraps

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by OurLittleChickenFarm, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. OurLittleChickenFarm

    OurLittleChickenFarm Miracles Happen

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    My DH has killed a deer. He quartered it and boned out some of it. The chickens went crazy over the meat still attached to the bones. Is it good for them to let them enjoy this? I saved a few bags of the scraps in the freezer to feed them along on days when I don't have extras for them. [​IMG]
     
  2. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mine left over cooked deer meat all the time but I don't know if raw is good for them or not. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I will post once the morning starts to wear off. [​IMG]
     
  3. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never seen a chicken cook a bug or mouse before eating it, and they're eating the entire creature, including the digestive system, which contains fecal matter. I would think that eating raw deer meat would be pretty safe for them.
     
  4. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
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    I did a search on this a while back. What I found is that it is just fine, same with raw fish. What I did learn though is that some suggested you at least freeze it first to kill any bacteria.
     
  5. OurLittleChickenFarm

    OurLittleChickenFarm Miracles Happen

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    Thank so much everyone! I felt like it would be good for them but just wanted your take on it.[​IMG]
     
  6. mendygnl

    mendygnl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love deer meat & I think it's a good protein source - no hormones or chemicals.
     
  7. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen my friend's chickens eat mice whole. I'd just assume pop a piece of deer meat in my mouth than a nasty old mouse. The wild birds love the back fat I hang in the tree for them. Just like a sewit cake with protein.
     
  8. OurLittleChickenFarm

    OurLittleChickenFarm Miracles Happen

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    Quote:Excellent point!
     
  9. ray2310

    ray2310 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did the same thing this year. Threw a couple deer legs with some scrap meat still on it in the yard. They spent hours and hours picking at them.
     
  10. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One post in predators was a guy who had shot a coyote. He threw the carcass in the run and opened it with a knife. He said by dark they had eaten one side pretty well and he was going to flip the carcass over the next day. I have thrown turkey bones in and they go nuts over them. They absolutely clean them off to nothing in short order, kind of like time-lapse photography. [​IMG]
     

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