Gross and Evil or Efficient?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jkg, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. jkg

    jkg Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2009
    Every now and again I do rotisserie chicken on the grill, and every time, we bag up the carcass with the idea of making soup only to throw the bag away later after forgetting to use it. Last week I instead through the carcass (fully cooked of course) in the chicken run for them to pick at the little bits I couldn't carve up for us.

    Is that evil? It did seem a little weird, but it sure is a great source of protein that otherwise would end up in the landfill. The chickens loved it, but I am afraid to go to bed with the lights off now...
  2. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    lol your fine, bet they loved it.....that chicken was just a team player
  3. bulldog-girl

    bulldog-girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    Estacada, OR

    I know what you mean. It just seems wrong somwhow but they are carnivors. I guess If they don't know the chicken personally that they are canibalizing, what's the harm?[​IMG]

    Edited to add, If I don't have enough time to cook down a carcass, I throw it in the freezer along with any leftover gravy or juices and use it later at my leisure. I don't like to waste a good carcass either.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2009
  4. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2007
    I did it with the thanksgiving tuirkey carcass.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:ooh no! do you know what you just did! Save yourself!!!! >> [​IMG]
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  6. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    It only felt a little weird the first time I did it. After that.... I'm numb to it now. [​IMG]

    ETA: Oh, I didn't answer the question! Efficient.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2009
  7. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

  8. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Bear, DE
    I'm going to give my girls sum chiken next time I cook it.
    like the cows say for chick filet - eat more chiken.

    makes me laugh when I read on the egg carton- feed vegetarian diet- they want meat!!![​IMG]
  9. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    COOKED chicken?? Heck, mine would eat each other RAW if they could (and sometimes try...) Seriously, they are opportunists and cannibals. And we love them for it.
  10. chicknsnbiskits

    chicknsnbiskits Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 20, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    Noob question here...

    I keep seeing things about "vegetarian fed hens" like that makes the eggs (or chickens?) better.

    THEN I had a friend (fellow chicken-person) who said to give the girls any meat BESIDES chicken. (Mad chicken disease? I dunno)

    THEN I hear on this forum that chickens not only like eating chicken, but it's very good for them.

    Can someone clear things up for me?
    Does it make them more likely to "get after" each other? Is there risk of some type of mad-cow-esque disease? Is it still okay to feed them chicken if it's not "super-granola organic" chicken? I buy typical grocery store meat as of yet.

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