giving chickens meat

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by yomama, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Is it ok to give chickens meat. I haven't done so yet, don't want to make anyone sick. It's just occasionally we will have some left over hamburger, chicken, or even bacon,( all cooked of course) and I was wondering if it was ok to give to them. I know it sounds kind of gross, just wondering.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    I do and they love it. They don't know they are cannibals [​IMG]
     
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't give them bacon as it is too salty but the other meats are just fine. Mine slept really well after their thanksgiving turkey feast [​IMG]
     
  4. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    The only thing I don't feed mine is chicken - that's just a little too weird for me...but they love meat - especially fish!!
     
  5. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meat is a good source of protein for them
     
  6. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks!

    I was a little worried about the bacon being salty- that is actually what prompted my question today. We actually had a few pieces of left over bacon.

    Thanks for all the info!
     
  7. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love chicken and turkey.
     
  8. daquilajmd

    daquilajmd Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens love meat more than anything! They fight over it. I don't give them very much, just a few leftovers now and then, but they really go crazy for it!
     
  9. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was given a HUGE hunk of moose meat last year (80 pound hunk!) with a bunch of bnes and smaller scraps. I froze the hunk and just took it out the other night for the dogs. I sliced it up and fed it tou to the dogs and made jerky for them. Al the little scraps I saved for the hens. OMG, did they dive on it! Too funny watching them run around with pieces hanging out of their beak! Such bloodthirsty little critters! I can so see thier dinosaur ancestors in them!
     
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I tossed a deer carcass in the run and the birds picked it clean in short order.
     

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