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Are oats good good or a snack?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Renthorin, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Renthorin

    Renthorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    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.
     
  3. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.[​IMG]
     
  4. Renthorin

    Renthorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the stuff I have looks like grains of rice.
     
  5. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. clanreed

    clanreed Out Of The Brooder

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    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
     
  7. Silkiesandco

    Silkiesandco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My babies LOVE oats. We feed it plain and in their scratch.
     
  8. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  9. Renthorin

    Renthorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Groats" are what they are indeed. I just did some reading and learned something new [​IMG]

    I feed them when I get home from work in the late afternoon. From morning until then, they free range and eat their crumbles.
     
  10. paul65

    paul65 Out Of The Brooder

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    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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