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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ragladysews, Dec 20, 2011.
Should I cook it or give it to them raw?
I would cook it well done but be sure you have pickles, hot sauce, catsup and mustard on the side. You just never know what they'll want.
Well mine say to hold the pickles and onions, and cook it rare.
Seriously, I don't know what should be done, but I give mine a little raw burger beef sometimes. Some chickens will scoop up a small mouse or snake to eat, and they don't seem to mind whether those are cooked or raw
Maybe a little mayo too! Ill probably fix a couple of burgers with bread and sit in the coop and hand feed it to them.
Cook it. Processed (ground) meat has a much higher risk of being infected with salmonella and other pathogens, which can infect chickens and lead to chronic infected carriers, and even be incorporated into the eggs.
Quote:I was kidding about all the other stuff but that's the main reason I was saying cook it well done. Even rare meat isn't good for use. But I've cheated on that. I like medium rare steaks but hamburger meat I have to have the blood out of it.
Quote:Oh that is cute!
I've been giving my hens a bit of raw, low fat, grass-fed beef for a couple of years with no ill effects. I only have six hens and one pound of organic grass fed beef lasts me about three months. I separate it into servings, wrap them in Saran and freeze them. Use as needed.
The point is that I don't think it needs cooking.
They can get all the rest of the fixings on the side.
Interesting. I would have thought raw.... as cooking kills any enzymes in it that are beneficial and the reason you would feed meat in the first place. My thoughts ocme from the fact that I feed my dogs a raw diet and you never cook it. I never would have thought of chickens catching something from it. Does anyone know if that in fact, does happen?
I don't think raw would hurt them, having seen chickens eat maggots out of cowpies