"Switching gears here for a moment, I'd like to take exception to a suggestion that feeding rice to chickens is very dangerous for them. We have been feeding brown rice along with the other grains to our chickens for about 2 years now with no deleterious effect to the health or performance of any of our birds. In fact, we think doing so could be beneficial to the viability of the cock bird's semen strength. This is purely anecdotal because we have performed not even the most cursory testing.....just our notions based upon the lack of failure in that segment of our flocks.
We feed fermented grain products, including the brown rice, on a year-'round basis, changing up the combination/ratio according to the season. We feed no whole or cracked corn to our birds in the warmer months.....just because. We don't ferment any of the commercial feeds because it is just too much trouble for us to mess with and the birds (and dogs) are still fed the Recipe on a daily basis. The 'recipe' is a bit convoluted in it's makeup as well as it's description so if there's a great demand for information about it, perhaps a seasoned member of the forum can pitch in and have a go at the components and process thereof.
While we do feed the brown rice fermented as described, it's not uncommon for one of us to grab a hand full of it dry for the purpose of luring birds in to be grabbed and no problems have ever been noted due to that practice.
We just wanted folks to know that according to our experience, feeding rice to chickens is not dangerous nor liable to swell up in the birds, causing them to "bust a gut" as has been posted on the odd thread, here and there".
Jason, as dictated by: Hellbender