Fish for protein

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Plant City Newb, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Plant City Newb

    Plant City Newb Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband is a fisherman and I decided to try a bit of the fish we were having for dinner tonight and see if the girls would like it. My little dinosaurs with wings loved it!

    We're looking for free/inexpensive protein sources for the dears. They've started going after bugs (we have love bugs here in Florida...two bugs connected at the butt and low flying...and the girls have got good aim!) and after seeing the prices for freeze dried meal worms, I'm all about free/inexpensive protein. This is fish that had been frozen so I'm not concerned about parasites. I have some of the cooked fish left over that I will be giving them with their breakfast.

    I told my husband next time he went fishing to bring home a fish and we'll save the guts and see if the girls like that, too. So far they've not turned down any protein that we've offered.
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I have some leftover fish that will go to the girls tomorrow. Mine often get the "cleanings" from our trips. I also feed other meat scraps to my birds with no problem. Some folks worry that eating fish will give the eggs a fishy taste. I've never had that problem, but I do admit my family doesn't have overly sensitive taste buds so you may run across some problem with that. To us, they just taste like eggs [​IMG]
     
  3. Peep_Show

    Peep_Show Overrun With Chickens

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    For a cheapie protein boost I'll sometimes treat the girls to a Dollar Store can of mackerel. They love it!

    I've heard about the fishy taste...and also heard it's primarily with RSL's. (Huh?) I haven't encountered any such flavor yet.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    In Kenya, the main source of protein in all proprietary chicken feeds is a small fish (caught in Lake Victoria) - kinda a miniature whitebait or anchovy. Its dried and then ground. I've never noticed a fishy taste either.

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  5. Plant City Newb

    Plant City Newb Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, breakfast was a hit. It's still dark when I let my girls out and feed them, so I have my flashlight. I shined it on the food dish and saw everyone's backs turned. They each were eating a piece of fish. They try to hide the good stuff from each other and keep it for themselves. Obviously, the cooked fish was just as yummy to them as the raw fish.

    I can't wait to see what they do with some roe!
     

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