Feeding spare duck and goose meat from hunting

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mosherd1, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Mosherd1

    Mosherd1 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2012
    East Windsor, CT
    It is getting to that time of year when I begin goose and duck hunting. Often after I take the breast for myself, there are scraps of meat left that are too small for me to keep but could be fed to the chickens. Should I be concerned with feeding raw wild goose meat to my chickens as it relates to disease. Thanks,
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I can't imagine what disease could be present. Chickens are designed to eat raw meat, and I imaging their digestive systems take care of any pathogens. I don't hunt goose, but my flock gets deer scraps, and scraps from processing chickens. We've discussed getting meat ducks and if we do, the scraps from that will go to the flock. Mine also get fish cleanings/scraps.
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I would feed them the meat. I get venison scraps that I feed to my dogs, but the chickens help.

  4. Mosherd1

    Mosherd1 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2012
    East Windsor, CT
    Sounds good, that is what I was hoping you guys would say, thanks!
  5. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

    Apr 7, 2011
    Western NY
    My Coop
    If the bird seems fit for your consumption (does not seem sickly, etc) I would feel comfortable giving it to them. The only meats I will not offer raw is commercially farmed poultry or chicken that was not raised on my property, as these have a much greater risk of transferring species-specific pathogens. Off the top of my head, the only parasitic problem that is transmissible from waterfowl to chickens is Cryptosporidiosis-- just handle carcasses carefully. Do not contaminate meat with intestinal contents or droppings, and don't feed the intestines to your birds.

    Also, of course, make sure you follow regulations and use steel shot. :)

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