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I know chickens can eat raw salmon but......

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mamasan7, May 14, 2010.

  1. Mamasan7

    Mamasan7 In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2010
    K's Back 40
    what about a bony carcass? When I pull the spine out of the partially frozen salmon there is quite a bit of meat
    left on it. I scraped it off the bones last week and the chickens LOVED the raw meat, can I leave it on
    the bones and let them work it off?
    Can they choke on the bones?[​IMG]

  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista


    I'm waiting to see the answer on this one too. DH cleans a lot of fish and we havent given them the carcasses for the same reason.
  3. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Songster

    May 18, 2009
    Any info on this? I am quite interested also!
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I don't know about fish, but I always give my chickens turkey, chicken and rabbit carcasses after we've carved everything we wanted off of it. They dismantle it completely, even managing to disjoint all the bones!
  5. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Songster

    Nov 17, 2009
    Southern Oregon Coast
  6. Organics North

    Organics North Songster

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    Thanks for the link to the tread. A good read...

    Mine get cooked fish when ever some is leftover and we don't eat it first...[​IMG]

    They get raw fish too sometimes. They sure do love fresh guts, roe and little pieces of meat scrap. I sometimes give them a carcase, though I worry about a bone puncturing their crop or something. Though I have never read that has ever happened.

  7. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    Ditto on "Thanks for the link." When we catch more than I can eat fresh (DH doesn't eat trout.), I can some for the chickens(no salt) and some for me(w/ a little salt and jalapeno peppers). It's good to know that I can just toss the whole fish to them and not have to go to the trouble/expense of canning. I was worried about the bones, but you've set my mind at ease.

  8. Ullie

    Ullie Chirping

    Aug 8, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    My Coop
    I love this website so cool to just be able to look things up.

    I have some ends from cleaning a large salmon (head & tail) and wondered if the chickens could eat this as we don't.

    Ok will take it out to them later, maybe I'll take my camera with in case there are some good photo opps.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I always toss the fish cleanings to my flock. The fight over the entrails, work the head over pretty well, pick meat off the tail but don't eat the tail fin itself. Some little bones seem to get eaten but larger bones just get left. I've also never noticed a fish odor or taste to my eggs.

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