What?! Cat food???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Skippychick, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. Skippychick

    Skippychick New Egg

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    Somebody suggested to me I try feeding my chickens dry cat food for extra protein during their molt. Any thoughts on that?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    It provides protein but also methionine, which can be harmful. If you give cat food, the quantity should probably be quite limited. See the note at the bottom of our Treats Chart:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

    There are many options. Any protein is beneficial but animal sourced protein is particularly a good idea, since chickens are omnivores. A lot of people switch to game bird feed during molt. It is higher protein. Note that it does not supply the extra calciium they may need when laying which of course they don't need during a molt, anyway. Some game bird feeds contain fish meal or other animal sourced protein, too. Some people give mealworms for protein.

    You also don't want to give a ot of dairy since chickens are lactose intolerant. If you give any, choose forms that have the lactose already processed such as kefir or natural yoghurt. Some people do give milk or whey; probably, it causes a mild diarrhea and perhaps a "stomach upset.:"
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 - great explanation, Judy!
     
  4. fawkestheman

    fawkestheman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Personally, i prefer giving my flock mealworms and plant sourced protein as I've heard a lot of bad things about giving your flock cat food.
     
  5. JLR405

    JLR405 New Egg

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    My chickens love Meow Mix, that is what I feed my cat and they usually scare her off. I guess they have strength in numbers. lol I don't give them much though. For extra protein I usually give them a hard boiled egg. They love that too.
     

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