Are oats good good or a snack?

Renthorin

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 13, 2011
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Dexter Michigan
I picked up a ten pound bag for two bucks. They seem to enjoy eating them but I won't feed a lot if they are not very nutritional.
 

Stacykins

Crowing
9 Years
Jan 19, 2011
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Escanaba, MI
Quote:Whole oats are the healthiest, but any oats are a great treat! Mine devour oats in any form, from oatmeal to a handful of dry oats. I used whole oats that I can get at the feed store for 15$ for a 50lb bag, it lasts since it is treats.
 

carladababe

Songster
9 Years
Nov 25, 2010
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Dixon, Missouri
My girls love oatmeal, they'll eat it cooked (especially on a cool morning,) or uncooked as scratch. Oatmeal is good for everyone, heart smart even if you're a chicken.
 

they'reHISchickens

Songster
11 Years
Oct 31, 2008
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Reading
I mix my own scratch from whole grains and oats are the last thing they eat, but they do eat them. However, in winter I sprout them and then the chickens LOVE oats.
 

clanreed

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jul 24, 2011
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7
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Valleyford, WA
Quote:I think you are referring to "oat groats"--hulled oats with all their parts(germ, bran, endosperm...) still whole and intact. Rolled oats are oat groats that have been rolled into flakes.

~Shannon
 

Alethea

Songster
8 Years
May 23, 2011
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Oats are good and chickens love them, but I would give them the chance to get their regular feed down first. The feed is formulated to be a balanced diet. Our pullets have feed available all the time and we wait until 4 p.m. before giving them snacks, including oats.
 

Renthorin

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 13, 2011
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Dexter Michigan
"Groats" are what they are indeed. I just did some reading and learned something new


I feed them when I get home from work in the late afternoon. From morning until then, they free range and eat their crumbles.
 

paul65

In the Brooder
11 Years
May 26, 2008
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SW Pennsylvania
I soke the oats in water for about 2 days they start to stink an they are water log so i think the girls like them on hot days.
 

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