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FISH GUTS?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kitchenella, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Kitchenella

    Kitchenella Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I feed a chicken fish guts? If yes, does it have to be cooked.? I was thinking that getting the waste from my local fish merchant would be an inexpensive source of protein for my chickens.

    Peggy
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Fresh caught fish you gutted - I would feed as is.

    Fish from a market - I spent years working in the wholesale industry as a supplier to many markets, restaurants and grocery stores. Some fish carry worms and other parasites. I would steam/boil it first.
     
  3. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about fish *bones* as a calcium source for layers?
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    We go saltwater fishing a lot, and I thought of feeding the remains to the girls, but then I read an article about sushi. Turns out that most fish have parasites and worms that need to be killed by either cooking or freezing first, before consumption.
     
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I freeze anything fresh before giving it to the pets raw. Helps kill most nasty things that might be in there and it's usually not difficult. Put it in a bag, toss it in the freezer, and pull it out a day or 2 later to throw to the pets.
     
  6. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Makes me wonder what the eggs will taste like
     
  7. Catfishingpokey

    Catfishingpokey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wouldn't have thought of it i caught 12 big crappie sunday and discarded a valuable source of protean.
     
  8. LindaN

    LindaN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we eat fish and shrimp at home, I always save the fish skin and and shrimp skins and tails for the chickens. The skin and shells are already cooked in this case, though.

    I'd follow Akane and Miss Prissy's comments about fish offal bought from a market: freeze or cook first.

    Definitely a great protein source and the chickens love it!
     
  9. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Laying mash often contains fish meal. I'd go with freezing, then tossing like suggested. The birds do need a certain amount of animal protein and with the bugs mostly hiding out for the winter now any source is a good source.
     
  10. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    adorable babies texan! And a cute brooder too! Looks like you put a lot into that brooder, I can only imagine how your coop will look! Like a Chicken Palace!
     

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