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What can I make for the chickens with my 'buggy' flour and rice?

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I recently discovered that my large containers of flour and rice had gotten bugs in them.  As I was about to throw them out, it occurred to me that my girls love bugs.  They also happen to love things made with flour and rice, so I'd like to make treats for them. 

 

The rice is easy - I'll just cook it plain.  But the flour has lots of possibilities.  They love leftover biscuits, so I could do some using crisco (instead of butter) and no salt.  I'd like to stick with cheap recipes, since it's only going to the chickens.  I also have some excess garden produce like squash, green beans, cukes and tomatoes that I could mix in. 

 

What are your suggestions?

Julie

 

We live on a small hobby farm with our 2 labs, 3 barn cats, 3 beehives and several dozen chickens. 

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Julie

 

We live on a small hobby farm with our 2 labs, 3 barn cats, 3 beehives and several dozen chickens. 

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post #2 of 11

Make some cornbread and mix in the rice and some chopped veggies. They would love it!

Or a basic muffin - again with rice & veggies mixed in. Probably a basic blueberry type muffin would work and just sub for the blueberries.

 

Jeanette

Montell, TX

One Pyrenees, five cats, one Boer mix goat doe, two peafowl, Bourbon Red turkeys, Muscovy ducks, mixed Runner ducks, pair Black Copper Marans, two+ Silkies, homegrown Frizzles, Cornish, Cochins hens, Pied Guineas, eggs in the incubator and a patient husband and son who help me care for all these critters.

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One Pyrenees, five cats, one Boer mix goat doe, two peafowl, Bourbon Red turkeys, Muscovy ducks, mixed Runner ducks, pair Black Copper Marans, two+ Silkies, homegrown Frizzles, Cornish, Cochins hens, Pied Guineas, eggs in the incubator and a patient husband and son who help me care for all these critters.

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post #3 of 11

If it's too much flour to use in one go then freeze it. Just make sure you label that it's Buggy! wink.png

 

Jeanette

Montell, TX

One Pyrenees, five cats, one Boer mix goat doe, two peafowl, Bourbon Red turkeys, Muscovy ducks, mixed Runner ducks, pair Black Copper Marans, two+ Silkies, homegrown Frizzles, Cornish, Cochins hens, Pied Guineas, eggs in the incubator and a patient husband and son who help me care for all these critters.

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One Pyrenees, five cats, one Boer mix goat doe, two peafowl, Bourbon Red turkeys, Muscovy ducks, mixed Runner ducks, pair Black Copper Marans, two+ Silkies, homegrown Frizzles, Cornish, Cochins hens, Pied Guineas, eggs in the incubator and a patient husband and son who help me care for all these critters.

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post #4 of 11
The bugs were those little borers? They come in with the groceries then spread to stuff you already have. I put beans, rice, flour, sugar in the freezer when I buy them, then store in plastic tubs that seal really well, or saved pickle jars...the large ones.

I made a mistake and didnt do the freezer part one time: sure enough 8 bags of dried beans and peas all got infested, then rotted...EW did they stink!
I'm not a rooster, but I reserve the right to crow!   1 husband who wants a rooster and will not get it, one son who flew the coop, one lovely german shepherd, one amazing adopted farm dog, three gold sex links, two who hit 17 weeks old the first week of July and laid first eggs 7-15-12!!
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I'm not a rooster, but I reserve the right to crow!   1 husband who wants a rooster and will not get it, one son who flew the coop, one lovely german shepherd, one amazing adopted farm dog, three gold sex links, two who hit 17 weeks old the first week of July and laid first eggs 7-15-12!!
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post #5 of 11

I have given raw flour and rice- just serve it up as a mash (add water to the flour). They will love it. Only serve as much as they will eat in 24 hours so it doesn't go moldy. Make sure they have grit available, or free range for their grit, for grinding the rice in their gizzards.

If it is white rice and white flour, consider it a treat only (it has no real nutrition for them).


Edited by ChickensAreSweet - 7/14/12 at 4:54pm

Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Kikiriki View Post

The bugs were those little borers? They come in with the groceries then spread to stuff you already have. I put beans, rice, flour, sugar in the freezer when I buy them, then store in plastic tubs that seal really well, or saved pickle jars...the large ones.

I made a mistake and didnt do the freezer part one time: sure enough 8 bags of dried beans and peas all got infested, then rotted...EW did they stink!


I didn't know they would get into peas and beans...thanks for telling us - I too like to freeze things first sometimes.

Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the heads-up on the bugs spreading to everything.  I'll have to check the other flour, cornmeal, beans, etc in my cabinet.  I'll probably cook a big batch of something tomorrow and then feed it to them over the next couple of weeks. 
 

Julie

 

We live on a small hobby farm with our 2 labs, 3 barn cats, 3 beehives and several dozen chickens. 

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Julie

 

We live on a small hobby farm with our 2 labs, 3 barn cats, 3 beehives and several dozen chickens. 

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post #8 of 11
I like your feed recipe in your signature...thanks for putting it there! Do you get roasted peanuts or raw? My girls don't seem to like them...they were in a mix I got. And can should they have them raw? And can they raw peas? Are they not both legumes that need cooking?

I see them in feed recipes alot, but always wondered because, like soy I guess they have something that is not good until they cooked?
I'm not a rooster, but I reserve the right to crow!   1 husband who wants a rooster and will not get it, one son who flew the coop, one lovely german shepherd, one amazing adopted farm dog, three gold sex links, two who hit 17 weeks old the first week of July and laid first eggs 7-15-12!!
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I'm not a rooster, but I reserve the right to crow!   1 husband who wants a rooster and will not get it, one son who flew the coop, one lovely german shepherd, one amazing adopted farm dog, three gold sex links, two who hit 17 weeks old the first week of July and laid first eggs 7-15-12!!
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Originally Posted by Kikiriki View Post

I like your feed recipe in your signature...thanks for putting it there! Do you get roasted peanuts or raw? My girls don't seem to like them...they were in a mix I got. And can should they have them raw? And can they raw peas? Are they not both legumes that need cooking?

I see them in feed recipes alot, but always wondered because, like soy I guess they have something that is not good until they cooked?


They are from the grocery store bulk bins and I can't remember if they are roasted...I don't taste them LOL and don't remember- threw away the box. But they are human-grade and so they must be ok, LOL.

 

Raw peas are ok:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/poultry/bba01s21.html

 

"Low levels of trypsin inhibitors in spring-seeded peas allow feeding without roasting. Grinding is the preferred processing method for peas in all poultry diets, but fines should be avoided. "

from:

http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ansci/livestoc/as1224w.htm#Poultry

 

Soy MUST be cooked otherwise it is toxic.

Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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post #10 of 11
I will try out peas and see if they will eat them... Fussy girls...
I'm not a rooster, but I reserve the right to crow!   1 husband who wants a rooster and will not get it, one son who flew the coop, one lovely german shepherd, one amazing adopted farm dog, three gold sex links, two who hit 17 weeks old the first week of July and laid first eggs 7-15-12!!
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I'm not a rooster, but I reserve the right to crow!   1 husband who wants a rooster and will not get it, one son who flew the coop, one lovely german shepherd, one amazing adopted farm dog, three gold sex links, two who hit 17 weeks old the first week of July and laid first eggs 7-15-12!!
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