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Sat May 25, 2013, 09:31 PM

From the that's just wrong files... My chickens like to eat chicken nuggets

Found out accidentally when feeding them their table scraps. They played rugby with the nugget for about 10min. before it was finally finished off.

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Reply From the that's just wrong files... My chickens like to eat chicken nuggets (Original post)
JCMach1 May 2013 OP
mopinko May 2013 #1
Arkansas Granny May 2013 #2
JCMach1 May 2013 #3
Chan790 May 2013 #4
Arkansas Granny May 2013 #8
Chan790 May 2013 #9
Major Nikon May 2013 #10
JCMach1 May 2013 #13
marzipanni May 2013 #21
NightWatcher May 2013 #5
JCMach1 May 2013 #14
sarge43 May 2013 #6
In_The_Wind May 2013 #7
sarge43 May 2013 #11
In_The_Wind May 2013 #12
Jeff R May 2013 #16
sarge43 May 2013 #19
Jeff R May 2013 #20
pipi_k May 2013 #15
Arugula Latte May 2013 #17
kaiden May 2013 #18

Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 09:39 PM

1. my chickens got the last bits of

my roosters. it just seemed too perfect of a circle not to close it.

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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 09:40 PM

2. Wouldn't that be kinda like

cannibalistic?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Sat May 25, 2013, 09:52 PM

3. Ummmm how much of a nugget is 'actually' chicken???

There were loving it though...

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Sat May 25, 2013, 09:53 PM

4. Chicken actually are cannibals.

 

If you have a flock of chickens and one of them is injured even slightly...you have to segregate it out or the others will kill it and eat it. If there are too many chicks and not enough resources, hens will try to kill and eat other hens' chicks to reduce competition for resources for their own chicks.

(The neighbors growing up had chickens. Grandpa had sheep. We used to trade wool and sheep dairy for eggs.)

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2013, 06:39 AM

8. We always had chickens when I was growing up, but I never saw that

behavior. I've seen the pecking of injured birds in big chicken houses, but was told that the other chickens were responding to the "foreign" object on the other bird. Our flock was just a free range farm flock. Maybe that's the difference.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #8)

Sun May 26, 2013, 07:35 AM

9. I just looked up "Cannibalism in chickens", found an interesting scientific article.

 

Apparently it can be common in some flocks and non-existent in others, suggesting it may be a learned behavior and/or rooted in the protein-availability of the area the flock is in.

http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/range556/appl_behave/projects/chicken_cannibalism.html

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #8)

Sun May 26, 2013, 08:20 AM

10. I think that is the difference

I was raised around chickens also and I never saw that behavior. I suspect it's mostly limited to chickens that aren't allowed to freely roam and scavenge for bugs and worms.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #10)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:39 AM

13. My babies are free range on 8 rural acres with tons of insects to eat(it's Florida)

but they are still young... probably craving protein to grow.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #4)

Thu May 30, 2013, 02:16 PM

21. When I was a kid, visiting a house where there were chickens,

I was surprised when someone dropped an egg and the chickens came running to peck up the spilled contents.

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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 09:55 PM

5. When an army of zombie cannibal chickens rise up

we're pointing at you.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #5)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:42 AM

14. The scary part was they saw me coming with food... 21 chickens

running directly towards you.... yikes

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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:14 AM

6. As my macaw says when she's munching on a drum stick,

"Nobody I know."

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #6)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:59 AM

7. My macaw loves munching on chicken legs.

She doesn't like turkey. Not all fowl is fair. BTW I agree with her choice.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #7)

Sun May 26, 2013, 08:41 AM

11. She Who Must Be Obeyed has never met a food group she doesn't like.

She loves a turkey drum stick because she can spend the day reducing it to its component atoms.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #11)

Sun May 26, 2013, 08:48 AM

12. She (Frodo) wants everything I eat or drink.

I felt guilty bringing home an avocado. We ate it out on the deck so she wouldn't feel left out.

We also have an Umbrella Cockatoo (Chloe) who won't eat any human food.
She'll occasionally taste peanut butter.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #11)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:02 PM

16. She who must be obeyed...

Gave Frodo a chip last night, tomato and basil.
She decided that after two I was not being quick enough with my treats. Soooo
She then picked up her treat cup that had noodles from soup and proceeded to dump it on my head and shoulders. Now I ask you, is that not typical parrot behavior.:
rofl:

Of course mine would have ignored people food anyway. She always has to this point.

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Response to Jeff R (Reply #16)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:46 PM

19. Very typical

Dogs have masters
Cats have staff
Parrots have serfs

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #19)

Thu May 30, 2013, 12:59 PM

20. Oh yes

Good read the Parrot Who Owns Me.

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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:26 AM

15. I'm more fascinated

by the chickens playing rugby with the nugget than anything else...

Did they split off into teams?

Wear little chicken jerseys?

Do chickens cheat when they play rugby?

Was there general chicken violence after one team won or lost?




PS...a few years ago when I had geese, the female became calcium deficient after laying a bunch of eggs. She got to the point where she could hardly walk, and I filled a small wagon with water so she wouldn't have to stand, then fed her dandelion greens and crushed eggshells. She recovered in just a few days.

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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:22 PM

17. ...

 

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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:35 PM

18. Chickens are also mousers.

We haven't had mice in the llama and goat lodge since the chickens moved in. Also, the chickens are now riding the goats around the compound like they're gauchos or something.

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