My chickens eat a free choice diet of layer pellets, table scraps, and whatever they can find free ranging. Everyone I've talked to says that they feed their chickens scraps too; but they all say, "We feed them everything but meat." So far no one has been able to explain the mentality behind not feeding them meat. I understand not feeding them salty or heavily seasoned things, or raw eggs (lest they acquire a taste for them), but I don't know the reason(s) why meat is excluded. Wouldn't the extra protein be good for them? Is it just mental qualms, or heebie geebies, or is there some deeper reason like not attracting predators with meat smell? (But then again, the chickens themselves ARE meat, so that doesn't make much sense either.) Can anybody explain this to me? What do y'all do?