Feeding live fish?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Andi-N-drew, May 27, 2017.

  1. Andi-N-drew

    Andi-N-drew Just Hatched

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    Planning on feeding my hens some leftover bait. They are live pin fish. Should I cut the barbs off them? They are rather sharp and I wouldn't want it to cause injury.
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    If they could hurt the birds then cut them off
     
  3. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've given them a dead fish they weren't fans of it and wouldn't eat it so I doubt they would eat it. The fish wasn't rotten or anything it just died in our pond recently at the time
     
  4. Andi-N-drew

    Andi-N-drew Just Hatched

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    We ended up feeding them the fish( I did cut the barbs off just to be on the safe side) they loved it. I guess it just depends on the chicken and the fish.
     
  5. Andi-N-drew

    Andi-N-drew Just Hatched

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    Thats why I asked. You see birds eating the same fish all day long. Seeing as chickens are not shore birds I wasn't sure if they could gobble them up the same as a shore bird. I'm still curious to know, but not going to experiment with it just in case.
     
  6. jolly wattles

    jolly wattles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saw a video where someone put a tiny kiddy pool into their chicken run and put live minnows in it. The chickens caught every last one. They loved it! Gonna give it a try one day.
     

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