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Can you just solely feed laying chickens whole oats? I just bought a 50 pound bag thinking I would use it as feed without evening knowing if it's ok. I would also feed them crushed egg shells as a calcium supplement.
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What is the percentage of protein in whole oats? I suspect it isn't high enough and that you'll need to add something else. Brewer's yeast? Quinoa? Soy? Seeds?
 

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Protein is like 17%
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We offer whole oats (to the free rangers) along with BOSS and their layer feed. I keep a current feed list on our farms web site. It covers the chickens, ducks and geese.


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Can you just solely feed laying chickens whole oats? I just bought a 50 pound bag thinking I would use it as feed without evening knowing if it's ok. I would also feed them crushed egg shells as a calcium supplement.


You wouldn't want to JUST feed oats. But it makes a great addition!

 

http://japr.fass.org/content/3/3/253.full.pdf

http://www.ca.uky.edu/smallflocks/Feed_ingredients/Grains.html

 

http://www.asi.ksu.edu/p.aspx?tabindex=567&tabid=1065

here is an expert's view

 

I feed oats mixed in to my mix.

http://www.lionsgrip.com/feedinstruc.html

here's another link


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No, you cannot feed solely oats.  Protein content might be high enough, but it cannot possibly be a balanced diet.  That's why chicken feeds contain multiple ingredients.  Like people, chickens are omnivores and like people, they need a varied diet to meet all their nutritional requirements.  You wouldn't feed a person a single type of food just because the protein content met the minimum daily protein requirement for a human.  Beef for example, has more than enough protein for a person, but do you think a person would be healthy eating nothing but beef?  Commercial chicken pellets might look as monotonous as a bag of oats, but they are not -- they contain multiple ingredients combined to meet all the bird's nutritional requirements, not just the protein requirements.

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No, you cannot feed solely oats.  Protein content might be high enough, but it cannot possibly be a balanced diet.  That's why chicken feeds contain multiple ingredients.  Like people, chickens are omnivores and like people, they need a varied diet to meet all their nutritional requirements.  You wouldn't feed a person a single type of food just because the protein content met the minimum daily protein requirement for a human.  Beef for example, has more than enough protein for a person, but do you think a person would be healthy eating nothing but beef?  Commercial chicken pellets might look as monotonous as a bag of oats, but they are not -- they contain multiple ingredients combined to meet all the bird's nutritional requirements, not just the protein requirements.

I was told from an avian vet about what to feed chickens. He said once they start laying feed the laying pellets & some greens thats it. He said as you mentioned the feed has it all.

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No, whole oats will not do as a sole feed. Regardless of the protein content it is not balanced as a sole feed and the oat hulls contribute far more fiber than a hen needs.

I used them for years as a scratch feed and mixed with corn and wheat when I was using the grain & mash feeding system. The birds will eat only so many of them due to the fibrous hulls.

For what it's worth there is NO single grain or combination of grains that can be made to work as a sole feed for layer hens They need more than that.
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Check out the article from the head of the SPPA in this months Backyard Poultry.  He starts chicks at 6 weeks on 50% oats and claims they will learn to eat them & they don't make them fat.  I know my feed guy says chickens won't eat a lot of oats, but mine seem to like them.

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Yes, Cindy, they definitely like them, but the point is that a diet of oats only is not sufficient.  I, too, feed them in a mix of bird seed and scratch grains as a treat, but this is part of a varied, balanced diet.

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