whaddya think about giving bit of dry cat food on reg. basis?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jmc, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    In order to supplement the lack of animal protein in our chicken feeds?

    I obviously mean in small amounts so as not to screw up their diets, etc................
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Don't give too much or it might make your eggs taste funny. JMO.

    I used to do this years ago.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2011
  3. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    I mix a little dry cat food with scratch only in the winter time when they have no bugs to chase down and eat. They get, of course, all the cooking liquid, meal trimmings, peelings, etc. anyway on a daily basis.
  4. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    We use it sometimes, but a bag lasts a very very long time....
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I feed a small amount of dry cat food every day. Like you say, as a source of animal protein. I don't give very much of it.

    I buy the cheapest cat food that contains a lot of grain. Not good for cats, fine for ducks.

    I like the one with fish protein for the ducks, but I switched to a meat meal one before we butchered. I didn't want to risk a fish flavor to the meat. I haven't noticed any fish flavor in the eggs, bit if there ever is, I can switch cat food and the only loss is a few eggs. Not like losing 20 dressed ducks.
  6. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    thank you!
  7. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Songster

    Sep 6, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    Have you considered raising earthworms? It would be more work but a better supplement!

    Sometimes if any of mine are loose they will wander onto the porch and eat any cat food left out. Also, some say to throw a handful in too your birds when they are molting to give them a protein boost. Of course, dog food is based on grain, so you are on the right track with catfood, which is based on animal products. Good luck! MW
  8. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Quote:thank you also. couldn't do the worms though.............i didn't know dog food was based on grain and cat food ISN'T.


    IAMS............EUKANUBA.............but a bit pricey on eukanuba
  9. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    I use generic kitten chow. paws n claws at TSC has 34% protein an is as small as the scratch. My birds wouldn't touch the full size cat kibble. I just mix a bag in with their 50# scratch. I use it all year around. It helps with feather maintenance with my layers. I free choice calcium since the kitten chow contains some.
  10. pawsplus

    pawsplus Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle TN
    Quote:Not true. "Good" dog food, like "good" cat food, is grain-free. Plenty of crappy dog AND cat food contains grains, which carnivores have no use for and which can lead to all kinds of health problems. "Good" is in quotes here b/c I wouldn't feed ANY of it to either my dogs or my cats--they are all raw fed now. But a truly grain-free dog food is very like a grain-free cat food. The only brands that fit into this category are EVO and just a few others. They are sold ONLY in speciality shops (not PetSmart and certainly not the grocery store).

    A better option for chickens is UltraKibble. Do a search here--there have been several threads on it. [​IMG]

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