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Offline dirt

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Feeding Fish to Chickens
« on: April 09, 2019, 11:00:37 AM »
Curious if anybody feeds fresh fish to their chickens?  I have a pond overrun with Blue Gill.  I'd like to start tossing them to the chickens.  I can't imagine they need to be cleaned?

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 12:58:37 PM »
from one perspective, chickens will eat anything.  I have seen them steal a mouse from my cats and eat that, still alive (chickens are nasty little beasties!)

I have heard, however, that a diet of fish would flavor the eggs.

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2019, 07:40:15 AM »
I don't see a problem with it, though we haven't fed them fish before.
I consider them like pigs. Pigs know if it's not edible, and I've seen chickens turns things down.

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2019, 09:13:31 AM »
I've seen chickens absolutely butcher and eat a rattlesnake. If reptiles are on the table fish aren't so far? Chickens will darn near jackhammer anything.

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2019, 06:03:01 PM »
Never, never forget: chickens are dinosaurs.



Permalink to original cartoon: https://xkcd.com/1211/

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2019, 07:56:35 PM »
Never, never forget: chickens are dinosaurs.



Permalink to original cartoon: https://xkcd.com/1211/

I have 9 cute fuzzy baby dinosaurs in my laundry room.  They are loud and stupid, and stinky.

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2019, 10:25:37 PM »
I have 9 cute fuzzy baby dinosaurs in my laundry room.  They are loud and stupid, and stinky.

Boughten or incubated? We have 2 hens sitting already.

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2019, 07:02:22 AM »
Boughten or incubated? We have 2 hens sitting already.
yeah we bought the fuzzy things.  My broody hen died last summer, so we have to keep these guys inside until they are fully feathered and it is warm outside

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2019, 08:56:54 AM »
yeah we bought the fuzzy things.  My broody hen died last summer, so we have to keep these guys inside until they are fully feathered and it is warm outside

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We should have some peeping going on today or tomorrow. 21 days today.
We'll see

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2019, 09:03:45 AM »
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We should have some peeping going on today or tomorrow. 21 days today.
We'll see

that is my favorite, if you can finagle an egg away from mama - the egg "peeps"

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 10:48:24 AM »
Thanks all.  Figured it would be fine.  Any news on those chicks?

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Re: Feeding Fish to Chickens
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 08:34:15 PM »
Our one and only banty, the best sitter we have, has only turned out 3 chicks of 8 eggs this time. One died for whatever reason, and 4 have hatched, which probably won't as the others are about 3 days now. She usually pumps out 7-8 chicks at a time, 2 times a year.
The full  Buff Orpington won't hatch for a few more days.