Even though chickens are very unpretentious birds, it is important to know what chickens can’t eat.
Does meat provoke cannibalism in chickens?
We know that chickens are omnivores. They will eat almost everything – plants, small animals, insects, and they will not deny themselves the pleasure to go through the compost heap. But is it possible to give chickens meat in principle and what kitchen scraps should never get into the diet of poultry?
Usually, the idea to feed the chickens with something else appears in the mind of poultry farmers during molting or winter when the rich feather depends on a successful wintering. And in this sense, add a little protein will not hurt. Boiled eggs are rich in protein and the hens just love them.
And yes, you can boil a carcass of turkey or chicken (of course, without salt), as well as boil any other meat, as food. And what about the bones? If you are suddenly lucky enough to find the source of this poultry waste? Feeding chicken bones to poultry is not like feeding dogs.
Chickens cannot physically eat bones, so there is no danger of choking. What they will do is to glue all the pieces of meat, fat, skin, and soft tissues. This is an economical and useful nutritious food.
Never feed raw or unsold chicken meat to your birds, if you are not sure about the source. Otherwise, you risk infecting your herd with salmonella.
Does the chicken turn into a cannibal? There is a perception that feeding meat can cause cannibalism. But cannibalism is a learned behavior that provokes several different factors, including overcrowding, drastic changes in the environment, poor nutrition, inadequate nesting, and blood type.
Under normal, healthy conditions, your hens will not hurt each other if you feed them meat residues.
Finally, any fish that is fresh (parasite free) or boiled is a great source of protein. Some poultry farmers buy or take for free in stores or catering facilities raw heads, guts, and other residues after cutting fish. Chickens will eat everything clean, as well as chitin shells left by shrimp. As one farmer said, he had a chicken on his farm, which went fishing with him and ate small fish.
What you should not feed chickens
You must not feed the chickens raw, moldy, or industrially processed sausage meat. Such products contain fats, salt and not to mention preservatives. You risk exposing chickens to food poisoning.
Your poultry is contraindicated leftovers of pizza, fried chicken, hamburgers, and fries. They overload fast food with fat and carbohydrates, which are very harmful to chickens!
Sweet or salty popcorn is also not recommended. Remember that poultry does not need a fair dose of salt or refined sugar.
By the way, chickens can do without daily meat treats.
Kitchen mashed potatoes
Many poultry owners make “kitchen puree” for their pets. It consists of potato peel, seeds, banana peel, and other vegetarian products slices, raw rice, pasta.
Then a little water is added, everything is boiled to the consistency of mashed potatoes, chopped (if necessary), and cooled before feeding.
You do not need to mashed potatoes daily. As long as the remnants are kept in a cool place and do not get moldy, you can cook it once a week.
As with all supplements, these should be distributed in reasonable portions.
Remember, the primary feeding of the chickens comes from the permanent feed. Breaking the balance, you can break the metabolism of hens, which will lead to a decrease in oviposition and obesity.