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Your opinions please: feeding ground up cooked chicken bones back

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by misspennyloise, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. misspennyloise

    misspennyloise In the Brooder

    Jul 11, 2009
    northwest ohio
    I have searched this topic and can"t find any information:

    Please help, I have a friend who grinds up the left over chicken bones from his chicken stock and feeds it back to the chickens as a " protein" supplement> Your opinions Please I am new to all the supplements and things


  2. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I'd do it. If it is just bones with no meat, I don't know if it's that high in protein, but there's surely some, and lots of calcium. When we eat chicken or other meat, we toss the bones and scraps in the chicken pen for them to clean up. If we had a grinder that would handle bone, I'd grind it for them.
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    If they are ground up enough it should not be a problem. I can only find that meat and bone meal are 50% protein but nothing saying what bone meal by itself is since all articles or mention of it are for gardening purposes.
  4. Gecko Chick

    Gecko Chick In the Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    I just love this forum. I've been putting cooked carcass, after I strain out the broth, into our OmniBlender and pulverizing it. I made what I call "Can Pats" (Cannibal patties) and had assumed it would be OK to feed to the ladies. They needed more protein for their molt and that seemed a good way to give it to them. Then, I began to wonder if I'd gone astray. Thanks for your answers!
  5. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    My chickens eat leftover chicken all the time.

  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    That's funny--when we feed leftover chicken I call then next day's eggs "cannibal eggs" lol.

    I feed chicken meat to my birds, but the dogs get the bones around here. I know, I know, never ever ever feed cooked bones to your dogs or they will drop dead. Well, my big black dumb dog thinks the bones are a great chaser for all the grapes he eats lol.

    I don't see as the bones themselves would have protein, but calcium and lots of trace minerals. I'll bet your hens have nice shiny feathers!

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