Minnows for a treat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Anna_MN, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Anna_MN

    Anna_MN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems kind of odd to me to give minnows as a treat to my girls, but my boyfriend wants to try it. We have a bucket full of minnows left over from ice fishing and they probably won't live until next weekend. My boyfriend said "eagles eat trout, why can't a chicken eat a minnow?" [​IMG] Would it be okay to give my birds minnows? Has anyone ever tried giving minnows to their hens before?
     
  2. ForestOwl

    ForestOwl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have they love them, and none of mine have ever been negatively effected either, the ducks like them better though. [​IMG]
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I haven't given minnows, but we couldn't keep the hens out of the pile of heads and guts after cleaning fish. All the scraps/leftovers were fair game, too.

    My dad always said chickens would eat anything that didn't eat them first!
     
  4. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I routinely supplement with minnows caught in my nieghbor's pond. Also they get all left over fish bait.
     
  5. polishchickens111

    polishchickens111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting idea... I have heard that fish can make the eggs taste a bit funny but other than that they should be fine.
     
  6. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We trap brim and give it to them. 8-10 of them a day to 13 chickens. They love them. A liitle scary in a way to see one pick up a brim and make a growling noice.
     
  7. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls just polished off a twenty pound rock fish. [​IMG]
     
  8. Anna_MN

    Anna_MN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave each of them three little minnows- they got two dead one and one alive one. They went nuts for them! Good and easy way to get rid of bait....
     
  9. Patriotsurvival

    Patriotsurvival Out Of The Brooder

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    I have fed my small flock of chickens hundreds of minnows every other day for the last year or so
    along with duckweed , gator grass that comes from my hand dug pond .
    the eggs taste no different .
     

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