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What is wrong with feeding chickens meat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pattgal, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    New Brunswick, Canada
    I was always tought that you don't feed chickens meat. for the same reason's that you don't throw meat in your compost pile. (and i don't really know what that is by the way) last time i brought this up i was told its like cannibalism.
    I am kinda questioning this since free range chickens are supposed to be healthier and eat Greens, bugs and grubs and whatever they can basically get a hold of.
    I would call them scavengers almost.
    my other question is if we should not feed chickens meat why is it that we put protein in their feed???
    I wouldn't think twice before i tossed a few worm in the run as a treat. and that is meat isn't it? So why can't i toss in a fish?

    What are your thoughts on this? I know there are alot of people that feed their pets meat on here.
    but my chickens are meat birds and are not pets so does that make a difference. (im pretty sure meat birds need more protein than an egg layer right?)
    I am looking for answers from both sides who do feed meat and don't. and what kind of birds you have
  2. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    Chickens are omnivores just like humans. They do indeed eat meat naturally. Nothing wrong with including in their diet.
  3. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Songster

    Sep 19, 2008
    I feed mine chicken, they get any leftover meal we have which includes fish/chicken/meats plus any worms I find around the yard. I think some people just have an issue with feeding them chicken, but to me it's just protein and good for them and certainly not going to hurt them! I'm not throwing a dead chicken carcass to them! [​IMG]
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Nothing wrong with feeding meat.
  5. gogoalie

    gogoalie Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Feed them meat! 100 million other chickens can't be wrong!
  6. WingingIt

    WingingIt Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    I feed mine meat. [​IMG]
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    I feed mine meat... Like said in a earlier post chickens are omnivores just like humans, crows, pigs etc...

    ( you don't throw meat in a compost pile because it will draw rodents in)

  8. Why and Dotte

    Why and Dotte Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Little Rock,Arkansas
    Mine get meat scraps, whatever the dog doesn't want.
    They had shrimp tails just a while ago, the pullets were risking their heads stealing it out of the big girls mouths! [​IMG] No different than a bug, they're made out of meat just the same [​IMG]
  9. nonseq

    nonseq Songster

    Sep 16, 2009
    Central Ohio
    I feed them meat. I read there are trace elements/nutrients that chickens need that are only found in animal products.
  10. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    South Central Texas
    We feed ours meat also. [​IMG]

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