milk fed chickens

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by rsohio, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. rsohio

    rsohio Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2012
    who has done this?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    In the old days they did feed milk to chickens- some folks still do.
  3. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 13, 2012
    Racine, WI -
    My Coop
    raw milk or cultures are good for chickens. I used to feed out my pigs and chickens on goats milk
  4. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2010
    All my chickens are fed milk (soured as kefir) to make up a full home-mixed diet. Other ingredients are sprouted wheat, sprouted corn and sunflower, alfalfa, soy meal and minerals (kelp, salt, shell grit).

    Layer hens don't really want much milk (whether soured or not) because the high phosphorus-to-calcium ratio can cause soft shelled eggs. But I find the chicks do really really well on a diet with a fair bit of soured milk and it seems to help against cocci (combined with gradual exposure).

    Best wishes,

    Edit: oops, also they get fresh garden greens and a treat of liver or other meat about once per week.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  5. McButterpants

    McButterpants Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2012
    I've been "finishing" my last batch of capons with raw milk. I pour it directly over cracked corn, and give it to them. They LOVE it, and are fattening very nicely. I've been giving it to them 1st as a treat and now as about 1/3 of their feed, planning to increase to 1/2 for 1 week and finish with 1week of this exclusively.

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