What the heck is tankage?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by karlamaria, May 23, 2011.

  1. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so confused, what is tankage, where do I get it and do I need lol pleas explain this thanks
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    what is tankage

    http://www.yourdictionary.com/tankage

    slaughterhouse waste from which the fat has been rendered in tanks: the residue is dried and ground for use as fertilizer or feed​
     
  3. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gross! Is that in chicken feed? How unappetizing! I wouldn't want any animal to eat that!
     
  4. naakte

    naakte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    neither would I. maybe one day it will cause a mad chicken disease and then they will stop

    Donna
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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  6. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see so many people feeding this to there chickens but why? It seems so unhealthy and my thoughts are this would not be healthy for chickens at all. I was thinking it was another name for some grain mix lol, guess I will stick to the feed and fruits and veggies lol. Thanks for the answers I appreciate you guys , you have helped me through out the whole process, [​IMG]
     
  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    I was curious about Tankage as well and did a string search through BYC. And On the internet.

    Tankage is a process and can also be fishmeal it is added to boost the protein which is important because Chickens are omnivores. It provides aminos, Omegas, etc.

    And from the same site http://www.yourdictionary.com/tankage The second definition seems a bit clearer.

    ""Animal residues that remain after rendering fat in a slaughterhouse, used for fertilizer or feed."" So its meat products with the fat removed dried and ground up.

    Its in just about all chicken feed has fishmeal in it.
     
  8. laseterlass

    laseterlass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the Wild. [​IMG] Chickens are scavengers. Like a raven, magpie, vulture......They will eat the living, the dead, the rotten and putrid. I know it seems gross, but they are what they are. As long as they have stopped feeding herbivores to one another I am OK.
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Usually an indication of cheap quality feed.
     
  10. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, chickens are scavengers, just one small step removed from a buzzard. If the tankage gets to you, don't even look up
    what they make dog food out of.

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