Fish food for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NysiaAnera, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. NysiaAnera

    NysiaAnera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is is okay to feed fish food flakes to chickens? We have been offered as much as we want from a fish food company that is throwing out "contaminated" food, where the boxes have been damaged, but the flakes are still good inside (in plastic bags inside the boxes).
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    The protein on fish food is usually real high so I would not feed them all they want, plus some say it can make the eggs taste fishy. If I had a lot of roosters I was growing out----I would sure mix it with some plain ground corn and feed them.
     
  3. NysiaAnera

    NysiaAnera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooh, that is a good idea! I think 80% of the chicks we hatch are cockerels!
     
  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Well for the roosters---Add 13lbs of the fish feed to 50lbs of plain ground corn If you want a 16% protein feed. Mix good and mix as needed. Or to cut the fish feed some---mix 1/2 if this mix(31-1/2lbs) with 1/2 of a bag(25lbs) of a 16% grower finisher factory feed.

    You can add 3lbs of fish feed to a 50lb bag of 16% factory layer feed to pick it up to 18% if you want to try it with your layers.----See if their eggs taste fishy?? Probably want!!
     
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  5. NysiaAnera

    NysiaAnera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, that saves me from having to figure out the math myself!! Seems like all I do lately is research on animal nutrition, and a LOT of math! We have gone off commercial feed, so I am now mixing my own. Looks like the fish food will also be an excellent protein addition to chick food! Now I am getting excited to have it! Lol I will have to give it a try with the hens and see what happens. I definitely do not want fishy tasting eggs.
     
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  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Do remember, that super-high protein food will have little effect on the growth rates or weight gains of your chickens.
    This is mostly a function of their DNA or other genetic factors.

    It will however result in more ammonia being present in your chickens' manure.
     

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