Do you feed your chickens meat?

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« on: April 07, 2008, 20:08 »
Hi
This is just a nosy question really and I'm not talking about chucking them steaks everyday.  :lol:
In our house the leftovers (if there is any) goes to the animals.  The dog and cat get meat leftovers.  Rabbits and chooks get veg leftovers.    
I know chooks are omnivores but I feel a bit wrong about giving them meat.  But I gave my girls a tiny bit of cooked liver tonight and they were all over me like a rash.  
I know you can give cat food when they are moulting but is a bit acceptable as a treat at other times?
I guess I do give them mealworms so thats a meat of sorts!  :?

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2008, 20:26 »
Nope. We hardly ever have any waste, and even then it's usually really tough gristle, bones or cooked skin. None of which would I consider suitable, even if it wasn't illegal, to feed to them.  
Nothing goes to waste any more though as we have bokashi bins. :)
I am currently investigating the practicalities of breeding worms for them, for extra protein. ;)

Edit: I've also investigated breeding mealworms, but they are low protein, high fat.  :o
I demand the right to buy seed of varieties that are not "distinct, uniform and stable".

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2008, 20:27 »
Surely its not illegal to feed chooks meat!?!?!?! Chicken maybe but not lamb, mince etc etc
1 x hubby
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6 x african snails  . . . . . and counting.

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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2008, 20:50 »
I'm following this advice...

"The only request is that they do not sample the delights of other meat... Chickens are very good at getting bad ideas and if we gave then some tasty old meat then they would soon realise that a ready supply of distinctly not overcooked meat was available within their own kingdom."

http://www.rickschicken.co.uk/feeding.htm

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2008, 21:09 »
Hiya, ive heard that is illegal to feed chickens any meat.

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2008, 21:14 »
Quote from: "mtoyne"
Hiya, ive heard that is illegal to feed chickens any meat.

God - please don't tell anyone I gave mine liver!  :lol:
All these answers are really interesting.
And what about fish? I let mine peck the tuna can clean if the cats not about.

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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2008, 21:22 »
lol. No idea adout fish either. Only had chickens since jan this year. Think i saw a post near top of chat pages saying things to know about livestock before buying them, it is a link to the defra website, thats the only reason i know its illegal to give chickens meat.

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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008, 21:27 »
I've seen pigeons eating KFC rubbish, but I suppose that's not really the same :lol:

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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2008, 21:37 »
DEFRA regulations say NO MEAT

but defra is really thinking about the poultry industry in general.  You all remember how BSE came about and even worse vCJD  :shock:

So it's transmssion of disease across the species that they are concerned about.  Now if the meat is "fit for human consumption" how can it not be fit for chooks  :?:
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2008, 21:42 »
Quote from: "Aunt Sally"
DEFRA regulations say NO MEAT

but defra is really thinking about the poultry industry in general.  You all remember how BSE came about and even worse vCJD  :shock:

So it's transmssion of disease across the species that they are concerned about.  Now if the meat is "fit for human consumption" how can it not be fit for chooks  :?:


Would a different immune system mean different mutations get through ?

Just brainstorming.

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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2008, 21:45 »
I very much doubt it !

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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2008, 21:48 »
It's something I know nowt about (which is surprising I'm sure ! :roll: )  :)

I was thinking in parallel with your BSE reference.

viruses/bacteria that we kill or tolerate might develop in a chicken and either harm it or pass back to us/other animals ?

It sounds feasible if I look at it cross-eyed.  :shock:

I'll quit while I'm making no sense !  :oops:

Rob

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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2008, 21:51 »
:lol:  :lol:  :lol:

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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2008, 21:57 »
This veterinarian science is harder than it looks. I'm sticking to armchair philosophy. You can never be wrong with that. Even when you are.  :)

Are there any vets on the forum ?

Rob

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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2008, 22:13 »
i sometimes gie mine cattypuss food, but only the fishy types... they love it.

i'll come quietly officer :oops:



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