tuna

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by farmerKEN, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. farmerKEN

    farmerKEN Out Of The Brooder

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    Should I be worried about mercury in canned tuna or is it okay to give my hens canned tuna (in water not oil) as a treat?
     
  2. Orchid

    Orchid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
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    I think, and I could be wrong, that feeding fish to your chickens is going to give you funny tasting eggs and/or chicken meat.
     
  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
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    I feed mine salmon and mackerel as treats, and the eggs taste fine.
     
  4. roverjohn

    roverjohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine got sardines, in oil, last night and ate every piece.
     
  5. AlaskGirl

    AlaskGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the second time someone posted my questions too, thanks! I figured I'd just throw a tuna sandy in and sure enough, it's what they went for first...
     
  6. farmerKEN

    farmerKEN Out Of The Brooder

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    so I shouldn't worry about mercury?

    Mine have only had one can so far. They ate it faster than anything else Ive given them.
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I regularly give my chickens tuna and salmon. It's suppose to add Omega IIIs to the eggs and make them healthier for you.
     
  8. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think there are any studies specifically on chickens, tuna and mercury content, or if the mercury which is in the canned tuna goes into the egg or stays in the chicken. Because there is no info, I'd use the same guidelines as I do for my kids, not more than one can a month, but my kids are bigger than chickens, so I'd feed them a little less. Heck, feed them flounder or cod instead, it's safer. . .
     

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