feeding meat scraps to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jon Giovani, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Jon Giovani

    Jon Giovani New Egg

    Sep 25, 2012
    Hi, i have been led to this site several times via google when i have had questions pertaining to our little chicken farm i started with my kids about a year and a half ago. Most questions have been answered by browsing the site and i have seen tons of great ideas for upgrades. But i thought i would put this 1 out there so I can get some feedback. I see that a lot of people feed table scraps and the such, to add protein to the chickens diets without having to buy expensive protein feed. so here's the question I have, we hunt and we process our own deer, and inevitability we have scraps that go to the dog, cats, coons coyotes foxes, etc. my question is, is there any harm in feeding it to the chickens instead? I just ground up 50 pounds of trim into 'Burger' and put it in quart freezer bags and froze it, thinking that would help to add protein to their diet during the lean times. what are your thoughts on this? do I risk the chickens becoming more cannibalistic? do you think it is safe to feed them raw meat? we currently have about 40 chickens, a couple turkeys in a couple pheasants, since they obviously cannot all free range due to the wild animals and where we live, I thought this might help give them a more balanced diet. any input and advice would be greatly appreciated thank you in advance. Jon
  2. Nathan Sampson

    Nathan Sampson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2012
    Whitewater Mo
    Welcome to the forum from South East Missouri.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Personally I wouldn't feed my hens raw meat, I'd cook it first.
  4. onedoodle3

    onedoodle3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from West Virginia! I don't know the answer to your question (sorry! [​IMG] ). Try posting it under Raising Backyard Chicken in the Feeding and Watering Your Flock section. Someone there may be able to answer it pretty quickly.

    Good luck and Welcome to the Coop!! [​IMG]
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    My son has to do a senior project. He chose to document the decomposition of a deer carcass then articulate the skeleton for presentation. The local wildlife biologist delivered a fresh deer carcass to us, we wrapped it in chicken wire and placed it about 30 yards into the brush behind the house. By day 3, it was covered in a thick maggot blanket. The chickens and guineas went hog wild for 2-3 more days feasting on those maggots. I wouldn't hesitate to feed meat, raw or cooked, to my flock. They eat much nastier stuff than raw meat. My flock will do tricks to get a nibble of meat.

    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    The reason you should not fed raw meat is because of the risk of bacterial contamination, particularly with ground meat. Birds can become infected with bacteria and incorporate those organisms into the eggs, and pass then in their stools, leading to a risk of human illness. Cook the meat.
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  7. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello and greetings from Kentucky! There really is no reason why you shouldn't feed chickens raw meat. I don't see anything wrong with it as long as the meat is fresh! The chickens need to be able to consume it in one feeding with none left over.

    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi, [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]
  10. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2012
    Northern Colorado
    Welcome Jon! Glad to have you aboard.

    Since you've frozen the meat, the risk of any sort of contamination and even worms is minimal. I'd definitely add it to their diet. My girls go nuts for meat, either raw or cooked. First time I gave it to them, it was like the "Chicken 500"...one would grab a bite and take off with all the others chasing her, LOL. It's an excellent way to add protein to their diet. In some articles I've read, they suggest that feeding them raw meat will actually quell their blood lust so they will peck each other less since their desire for meat is satisfied.

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