I had this thought, and I hope it is as logical and sound as I feel. But I want others' input here. First off, we all know that chickens are not shy to eat meat. But who has a whole lot of extra, cheap, meat laying around for chicken feed? Texans! Along with plenty of other midwestern folks, we have a severe feral hog problem. I just recently confirmed they are on my 22 acre farm in SE Texas and am planning on removing a few. I hope I don't offend any animal lovers, as this is not my intent. But it's so bad that the state of Texas basically says "shoot them on sight, and don't feel bad about it". But personally, I do feel bad about wasting anything. Even the big stinky boars that no one wants to eat. I'll gladly stock my freezer, but with as many as I've seen (a herd of at least 15-20) my freezer will fill up quickly. So I was trying to think of other uses, when it dawned on me, animal feed! Here is my plan: if I kill a hog and don't have freezer space, I'll grind the whole thing into burger meat. I'll then cook the meat to ensure no bacteria/disease/worms are present, and then dehydrate or pressure can it for long term storage as needed. Then I can feed it back to the chickens whenever I want to give them some extra protein. I figured I could also use it for fish food in something like an aquaponics setup, or even in a catfish pond I suppose. I think the little dehydrated kernels would work great for a floating fish food. Again, the meat would be fully cooked and properly preserved to remove any risk of transferring disease. It's not out of the norm to use animal waste for animal food after all. Even the best "natural" feeds for chickens have fish meal in them, and some even have bone meal and feather meal. Most commercial fish foods have fish meal in them even. So my question to all is: 1) Has this been tried? 2) Are there any proven results? 3) Are there any scientific arguments against it (emotional arguments don't count). I'm planning on going hunting soon and would love to have an outlet thought up if I get more than I can handle myself!