Feeding Fish Scraps

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Homesteader at Heart, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Homesteader at Heart

    Homesteader at Heart Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello!

    This has probably been covered before, but I am new on this forum and have not seen anything on the topic. So...here goes.

    Has anyone had experience feeding fish scraps to chickens for protein? For example, after filleting fish, there are heads, backbones and rib pieces with flesh attached, etc. My idea is to dry these, then grind and feed as needed, along with corn or some other grain. Any ideas?
     
  2. talos321

    talos321 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If fresh and they will eat it with no contamination in the area caught. I don't see why not. My Grandfathers's flock used to eat minnows from his pond. I'm a bit floored by things they will eat so fresh fish couldn't be worse than beetles,worms or mice. [​IMG]
     
  3. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    I would be concerned the fish would effect the flavor of the meat and eggs.

    Dried compost worms are reported to be 82% protein. I dont feed them for the protein just as treats.
     
  4. healingdeva

    healingdeva Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm still pretty new to chickens as well, however, I have read on other forums where people do feed the fish remains to their chickens. One person somewhere mentioned just throwing the whole thing to the chickens (after fillets are taken off) and they will clean it up and leave what they don't want.

    I am raising fish to eat and actually plan to do this. If I have more than one or two fish, I will likely cook them up like making stock and then grind the whole thing in the blender. Then it can be mixed in other food for the chickens or other pets.
     
  5. Homesteader at Heart

    Homesteader at Heart Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the comments everyone.
     
  6. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Fish meal is supposed to be very good for them from what I've read (broilers at least,) for what that's worth.
     
  7. ironrat

    ironrat New Egg

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    If the fish was from the ocean it would have lots of trace elements that might be beneficial but I think that with fresh water fish this is less likely, the protean will be good but you do not want to attract predators.
     

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