Should I worry?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ~Wind~, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. ~Wind~

    ~Wind~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2011
    So, my dogs are fed raw. The base of their meals is raw chicken backs. My dogs get along great with the chickens and neither are scared of each other and they roam around each other freely. But when I am feeding my dogs the chickens all pretty much stay away except for one black hen. She will actually eat the dogs chicken, picking peices right out of their mouths. Is this going to hurt her? She probably eats a 1/4 cup of raw chicken a day. Also she is one of our egg laying girls so are her eggs okay to eat? I know that chickens eat worms and bugs but to eat raw chicken seems so wrong. I try to chase her away from the dogs food, but she will even jump the 6 foot kennel to get in their if I try to keep her from the dogs chicken.

    So any thoughts?
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    It won't hurt her, for me it's the whole cannibal thing that i can't get past.
    We all know if they get started picking they would eat a live chicken.
    I like to feed mine veggies only, but i know they aren't vegetarians!LOL
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I would worry most about salmonella with the uncooked meat. I've read somewhere that salmonella can be passed through raw meats. I've never experienced it myself. You have some very lucky dogs.[​IMG] Feeding raw foods is the best for them.
  4. ccrow

    ccrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    Southern Maine
    I also feed my dogs raw... the last time I gave them beef bones as a treat, the hens pestered them all unmercifully, lol!! As far as salmonella goes, it's in the environment; it shouldn't hurt a healthy chicken or a healthy human, especially if the eggs are thoroughly cooked.

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