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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:26 pm 
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I purchased some bandsaw dust from the local butcher a few days ago, and I swear that if I'd stood in the middle of it when I put it out for my 4 friendly, docile girls, they would've eaten me too!!

Can anyone advise me on how much to feed to 1 chook, and how often. I wouldn't like to overfeed them! They're telling me that I can give them each a kilo per day! :shock:

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:36 pm 
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I know jocler has said how much he feeds in another thread (but I can't remember what he said of course!)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:42 pm 
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Helen,

I usually put out a mixing bowl of it, but that is between lots of chooks however, I have found they walk away when they have had enough (hence the term free access). My butcher saves it and freezes it for me into 400 gram packs now and I generally thaw 2 out twice a week during moulting time.

Generally though, I work on a fistful per chook and yes, stand well back and dont be wearing sandals...somehow bandsaw dust looks like toes during the frenzy.

Did your butcher charge you for the bandsaw dust?

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PS: I generally feed it early afternoon

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:38 pm 
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Thanks NellyG and jocler.

I think he charged me .80c for the fistful that he gathered fresh for me... probably around 400gr. How much do you pay?

The butcher also said that he has it frozen in 1kg packs, so if his price is OK, I'll get him to save it for me in 500g lots.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:23 pm 
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Hi everyone,

Please excuse my ignorance, but what is bandsaw dust? My first thought was the dust from cutting wood, but I assume you mean the "dust" that comes when a butcher cuts through meat bones?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:47 pm 
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the price for mine is free eggs a hand full every 3 days 4 16 chooks they love it

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:23 pm 
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Umm I don't pay anything for it at all. My butcher saves it for me and puts it into takeaway containers. Usually 1-2 containers per week. If for some reason we don't get there on a Saturday ( regular shopping day) he freezes it for us and we get it next time.
I feed as much as they want to eat. So for my girls - when there were 6 of them they would eat 1/2 a takeaway container a day.
Now that there are only 4 chooks i have to be more careful and make sure it doesn't stay uneaten in their run.
I was advised by an experienced member here that they will eat as much as they want, and that that is ok.

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Hi I work at woolworths and get my bandsaw dust free go to your nearest woolworth store and ask them to keep it for you...Sharon


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mcertl - yes it is butcher's bandsaw debris.

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how bizarre! :shock: learn something new everyday... i would never have thought that was something you would do! :lol:
(off to my butchers saturday morning to see... :wink: )


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Is bandsaw dust better than meatmeal?

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No, just cheaper. My chooks like it better though. They get a lot more excited about bandsaw dust, then they do about some meatmeal added to their mash. One thing I've had to watch with the bandsaw dust is the amount of fat in it. It depends what the butcher is doing. Usually it's very meaty, but I've had time when it's been very white and fatty. I take care with qualtity when it's overly fatty.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:29 am 
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Thanks! I might see if I can get some as a treat for them instead of the normal meatmeal I feed them. With only four chooks the cost isn't really an issue, they're pretty cheap to feed!

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If the butcher is charging,,, perhaps you could try another butcher. A lot of them will keep it for you free as otherwise it has to go in their bins. The butcher I asked keeps it for a few chooky people. They collect it every week, if they don't get in there on the monday, they pop it in the freezer.

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Melinda_B wrote:
Is bandsaw dust better than meatmeal?


Meat meal is a dried form, keeps better obviously, without the need for freezing. Personally, I think the fresh is better as you get the oils and fats associated with the meat/bone and especially the marrow which is rich in protein. Chooks generally go through seed/grain mixes looking for things like sunflower seed which is high is oil content, the bandsaw dust supplies the same thing.

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