Feeding sick hen dry cat food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LilyLovesBugs, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. LilyLovesBugs

    LilyLovesBugs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know someone who's hen is sick, and they don't feed their hens chicken feed, they let them forage all day and feed them cracked corn mix. Is it ok to feed the hen moisten dry cat food because it has more protien?
     
  2. lambchicks

    lambchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually mix some yogurt with a little laying mash, when they are sick. Is cat food less expensive than chicken food?
     
  3. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a little cat food won't hurt them. I give mine scrambled eggs, good protein and easy for them to eat.
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    What's silly about that is scratch feed is almost the same price as layer feed. I don't understand why they don't just feed (even if they want to control/limit the amount) a more balanced diet with higher protein for the same money.

    Many folks feed cat food to chickens for an on hand very high protein boost. Some swear by it to speed up egg laying after molt. It may help a sick bird, high energy and vitamin food certainly wouldn't hurt it.
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    The hen is most likely malnourished and has a weak immune system so the best thing that they can do is start feeding chicken feed and maybe put some electrolytes in the water for a week or two. .
    Once the hen is on chicken feed of 4 or 5 day then they may want to hit her with a good wormer and poultry dust.


    Chris
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Catfood has more sodium in it than layer feed, not good for a chicken.
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  7. LilyLovesBugs

    LilyLovesBugs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! I haven't seen her hen today, but she put it with the rest of the chickens because it's doing so well. They are going to buy chicken feed next time I think.
     

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