Raising fish for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tracydr, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just wondering if anybody ever raises fish for their chickens. What type of fish would be most efficient and reproduce quickly? I was thinking about guppies or small goldfish, maybe those mosquito eaters. I have rain barrels so they could stay in them. I can add a few bubblers. Here in AZ, the summer heat would require a tropical fish ( guppies?mollies? ) for the summer but in the winter I'd probably want to switch to a cooler water fish, probably goldfish, since they're readily available and cheap. I was also thinking about putting duckweed or watercress onto of the water for both the fish and the chickens, since it grows so well.
    Just a thought. I used to always have goldfish in my huge water troughs when I had a large farm and they thrived. I used run-off water from gutters to keep the troughs full and rarely needed to water the thirty head of cattle. I never did try catching the fish for the chickens. Don't remember getting over run by goldfish but I didn't provide any hiding areas for the babies so they were probably eaten b the adults.
    The koi in the koi ponds did reproduce a lot.
  2. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2010
    Apple Hill
    I would do guppies. Mosquito fish are, for all intents and purposes, a guppy. They are probably the most adaptable to cold and hot water and of course they are prolific breeders.
  3. LottieDa

    LottieDa Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2011
    Boise, ID
    Do chickens like fish? I didn't know that! We raise tilapia for our own dinner table and I never thought of sharing with the chickens! Hhmm... I'm gonna have to look into that. Obviously wouldn't want to give them pieces with bones. [​IMG]
  4. RobLII

    RobLII Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2011
    Do the chickens eat the fish out of the barrel?? I've never head of that, that sounds pretty cool to me.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I hear others going on about their birds loving fish, but mine never seem that crazy about the parts we throw out. I don't know why, I'd think they'd love the heads/guts, but they're pretty indifferent.[​IMG]
  6. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    What would/do you feed guppies? I can't see it being very cost effective but if just doing it for fun it doesn't matter. We used to have an aquarium and a very small jar of fish food was $5-6.
  7. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    I feed them guppies before. I would refer meal-worm because it is much more easy to deal with.
  8. gdplum

    gdplum Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 9, 2010
    Buy ground beef...chickens love beef...raw. Cheaper than fish...
  9. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2008
    I get meat/fat scraps from a local meat shop (who specializes in local grass fed meats) for my dogs. I add some of the scraps to the chickens food and they LOVE it. Free protein!
  10. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    Quote:Do you feed it raw or cooked? I have some "scrappy" meat left over from having had a calf processed, that is a great idea!

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