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If you were out on the lake in a boat, and, for lunch, your buddy offers fried chicken to those on the boat, do you toss the bones and scrap over the side?

Asked by kritiper (21080points) August 22nd, 2018

A friend mentioned this to me. The bones and scrap are biodegradable, so what’s the harm? Would you do it? Is doing so in bad taste?

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Pinguidchance's avatar

Don’t you have littering laws?

Kardamom's avatar

No, this is littering and it mucks up the water. Also, there are no dead chickens in the water. Fish, that live in the water, biodegrade more quickly than big greased up birds.

Adagio's avatar

We need to think of the earth and the ocean as our backyard, because they are, I wouldn’t do that to my backyard, would you?

Jeruba's avatar

Of course not.

Your buddy is biodegradable too. How about that?

neonlight's avatar

Why would someone do that?

johnpowell's avatar

I have a fishtank. If someone did that to my fishtank I would punch em’ in the dick.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Feed it to them hungry gators biting people in Florida.

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JLeslie's avatar


If it was something like a small piece of crust from bread I might, although probably not because who wants to be attacked by a flock of birds. If I brought food for a picnic I would have a bag along for trash, it’s that simple. Bones don’t break apart and degrade so fast. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it disappears in a day.

chyna's avatar

No. The bones could choke a fish or bird. And it is littering.

MrGrimm888's avatar

In a lake, no. In the swamp, I might. As long as it was just the chicken scraps. It doesn’t seem that different from a dead bird, to me. Alligators, catfish, bull frogs, and even many birds, eat birds. There are lots of decaying animals in the swamp.

I usually eat a sandwich, when I’m fishing. If I get some seagulls begging, I sometimes give them some bread.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I agree with @MrGrimm888 – depends on the lake and what’s in it. We have lakes and ponds here in Georgia (and they do in S Carolina as well) where alligators hang out. Alligators eat anything, even humans. So chicken bones aren’t going to be a problem.

On the other hand, if you’re talking about the Finger Lakes in NY, where there are no alligators, but there are bears and other mammals (land and water), it’s probably not a good idea.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Only if a string was tied to the bones and we were fishing for crabs.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^You don’t fish, for crabs. You crab, for crabs. Turkey neck recommended.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@MrGrimm888 Been there, done that. The chance of catching a crab in a lake is 0%. And be it turkey or chicken, it should be raw.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Yep. Raw turkey necks. They are tough, so you can catch lots of crabs, on one neck.
You need a wooden ruler, and a string. Then, you got some blue crabs.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I wouldn’t put it in the water. I’d put the waste in the bag that carried it and would take it home for the critters in my woods.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^I don’t see a real difference. A opossum, might eat it either way… Or a vulture etc…

flutherother's avatar

I don’t think I would but what is the alternative? To wrap it in a polythene bag with the other household waste so it ends up in landfill? This is not ideal either.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Turkey in the raw, Annapolis we spent the night crabbing everytime the chow hall had fried chicken.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Well chicken bones over the side in Central Park seems somehow less acceptable than bones tossed into Lake Michigan.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sure I would. Food for the water critters.

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