Raising your own live feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cybercat, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been pushing this one around since we lost our feed stores. We still have our local feed mill and I am thinking of having them mix a forumula for me. But I want something in the winter animal protien wise to feed with it. So raising my own live feed seems the way to go. What I need to know is what everyone is raising and how it is working for them.

    Besides the big ones like mealworms, roches and redworms what else is there? I am thinking maybe crickets or even feeder fish but do not know if that would work. I raise mice for my snakes but my chickens to do seem to real do much there with the ones live outside. Then again I am not watching the hens 24 and 7 while they forage.

    I would like to hear from anyone that has or is raising there own live feed. Pros and cons.
     
  2. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I harvest Venison as a source of winter protein.. A lot more meat on a deer than on a mealworm..[​IMG]

    So many hunters hunt for the sake of hunting and a trophy but really do not care for the meat. One can put the word out to people wanting to clean out their freezers and get lots of meat that way... Grind it and freeze it in the appropriate size servings and off to the races!

    I do like the idea of feeder fish, I remember a discussion on it not to long ago...

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  3. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In Ontario, feeding venison to chickens falls under a law forbidding waste of game meat that is fit for human consumption.
    It is definitely illegal.
     
  4. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I feed the scrap and trimmings to the chickens.. Not the yummy parts...
    Anyone who has ever processed an animal knows how much waste there is.

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  5. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow! Now venison never crossed my mind. Thanks for the idea.
     
  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Yeah, I remember giving our venison waste to the chickens growing up. Why waste it? I've been thinking about raising tilapia for the family and the chickens. It would be very easy in our Southern AZ climate.
     
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    frogs?
     
  8. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Becareful with frogs. They can carry salmonella which can be passed onto your chickens!
     
  9. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can raise black soldier fly larvae, I just started a week ago and the project is going great. Try www.blacksoldierflyblog.com for more info.

    Also, I used to breed convict cichlids before. All you need is a male and a female, and they breed every month and make excellent parents. The young take a good 6 months to get a good size so I don't know if it would be worth-while.
     
  10. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    I've gotten very good at growing these guys. [​IMG] This is just a small portion of what I harvest daily:

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