Salt will Kill a chicken??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bootsie, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Bootsie

    Bootsie Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2010
    I just found out salt is poison to my chickens.[​IMG] I been feeding my chickens 2 cups of oatmeal and 2 Tablespoons salt when they get up on the wrong side of the bed and start picking on another chicken. None have never died and it always worked .I got this recipe from and old timer that raised chickens. The only time I lost a chicken was by an old coon. So does the salt kill the chicken or what does it do to the chicken that I am not aware of?
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    TOO MUCH salt will kill them. They need some.
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Well, you would have to feed a chicken an awful lot of salt to kill it. I would definitely stop feeding them the salt mixed in with the oatmeal, but I'm betting you didn't harm them. You did hear right.....excessive salt is deadly, so as a rule, don't give your chickens really salty table scraps--you know, things like cured meats, like bacon, or ham scraps, salty leftover chips and things of that nature.

    Don't be too hard on yourself! There's alot to learn about chickens--I think I learn something new every day!

    Take care!
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  5. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Kinda like if we sprinkle the food vs turning up a salt can.
  6. catfish/okie

    catfish/okie Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I was litlle my sister and I killed our baby geese by giving them potatoe chips.
  7. Bootsie

    Bootsie Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2010
    Thanks for the response, I thought I might of harmed them but they seemed so healthy. They have not been cranky since I traded roosters. This rooster seems like they like him and he has not attacked me yet.
  8. cmwtx

    cmwtx New Egg

    Jul 21, 2016
    I was taught you never give chickens anything that has fat in it.....including grease or oil....... I don't eat chips because they are crap.... therefore I would never feed them to my chickens either.....
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Chickens need some fat just like all of us & probably more in the winter. I like to feed a feed with 3-5% fat. Too many chicken feeds are too low.

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