Meat in a chicken's diet.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bobberduck, May 26, 2011.

  1. Bobberduck

    Bobberduck In the Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    We have turkey, and chicken dinners enough, and once the carcass has been carved, we drop the rest in a pot of water to make a nice Turkey or Chicken noodle soup. When we dip the bones, and all that out, invariably there is still some meat left behind in the pile of scrap that we aren't going to put in our soup... can the chickens, and my ducks handle a few turkey scraps? And should we separate out the bones?

  2. Keene's coop

    Keene's coop Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    neenah, wisconsin
    seperate the bones just in case. my chickens love meat scraps. though i have been told it's wrong to feed chickens chicken. but i do it anyway. so just remove the bones
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My chickens like nothing better than a nice turkey carcass to pick over like the little buzzards they are. [​IMG]
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Yup, I definitely let them do the work -- and they tell me they appreciate it! [​IMG]
  5. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Songster

    Jul 5, 2010
    Big Island, Hawaii
    I put the whole carcass in my pressure cooker for 20 mins with a little water. I then give the chickens the whole thing. They LOVE it. There is nothing at all left in a half hour. The pressure cooker makes all the bones super soft and the chickens can get the marrow out. Did I say they LOVE it? They LOVE it. lol
    You could also boil the carcass in a pot for hours but the pressure cooker works super fast.
  6. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    We give them it all. They love to peck every morsel off the bones. When Iclean out the run I just scoop up the very clean bones.
  7. ralleia

    ralleia Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    I pressure cook any chicken or turkey carcass as well, though I normally go a full hour since I feed it to the dog and worry about intestinal punctures. Pressure cookers are AWESOME!
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Just throw the whole carcass out to them.
    There is no need to clean the meat off the bones or pressure cook the carcass that is just a lot of not needed work.

    Last edited: May 27, 2011
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:It's not work if you're pressure cooking/simmering the carcass for stock anyways [​IMG]
    The bones are usually pretty close to mush by the time I get done with making stock, plus the veggies I add for the stock. Whatever strains out goes to the animals and the liquid gets frozen for later.

    There's scattered chicken bones in my run from the time I gave them chicken wings. They get lost in the dirt/shavings so I don't even bother to pick them back up. THAT seems like unnecessary work to me.
  10. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    A flock of chickens will clean a turkey carcass better than you can. Even the flies won't be interested by the time they give up on one.

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