So what’s the deal? Everything I have read or seen on YouTube videos mention feeding your dogs and chickens the left over butchering remains. I thought when I went to pour the gut bucket into the chicken bowls that I would be swamped with ravenous chickens, but they ignored it. I even sprinkled chicken scratch around their bowls….Nothing. They showed no interest in it. So I left them alone figuring they would discover this delicacy on their own. Nope!
One day later and it still isn’t touched. One guy on his blog said he even cuts open squirrels to feed to his chickens. I know for a fact that chickens eat dead chickens. I recently had a hen drown in one of the horse water troughs. I pulled her out and laid her on top of my old dump truck to keep her out of reach of the dogs. I was planning on using her for a maggot bucket experiment to feed the chickens. When I returned later I found a rooster humping her…UGH! Roosters can be nasty! That is not the first time I have seen a rooster mating a dead hen over the years. I didn’t want to interrupt his “private moment” (ugh), so left the maggot bucket project for another day. Low and behold the next day the chickens had torn up their former buddy and were porking out. We all know that chickens will eat anything, why not my rabbit butchering remains?
I had even given the rabbit heads and feet to the ranch guard dog. I figured he would have gone to town on those bunny remains since he previously lived on a ranch that did a lot of butchering. A local professional meat rabbit operation even sells dehydrated rabbit ears and feet as dog and cat treats. But nope, dog ignored them. Today with all three dogs running loose, none of them went for the heads, feet, nor gut bucket remains in the chicken bowls.
I am really upset because I decided yesterday during butchering to not save the liver, kidneys, nor heart which are supposed to be prime healthy internal organs that we should all be eating more of. Since I had transformed my outdoor kitchen area (actually my former stallion’s shelter) into my butcher area, I decided not to re-setup the cooking stuff so I could try the good organs myself. Plus I figured the dogs would appreciate some good raw food instead of their commercial dry dog food. If this is any indication of their willingness to eat raw natural foods, then they are not going to last long in a SHTF scenario. I have seen them drag in and eat disgusting old rotting carcasses they find in the fields, but no interest in fresh bunny. What is up with that??
So I need help. Should I wait until things get “riper” and then expect the chickens and dogs to pork out? Or should I give up and add this stuff to a maggot bucket to make chicken and fish food? What do you do with your gut bucket remains? Do your chickens and dogs actually eat them when fresh? Let me know in the comment section below.
Update: Yep, the remains just had to get “ripe” or maybe less fresh and more dried out. I can guarantee that my next livers, kidneys, and hearts will not go to those ungrateful animals. Organ meats are supposed to be tremendously healthy for us. Our modern diets are woefully absent of these nutritional powerhouses. Learning to cook them properly will be my next challenge.