Brown Rice

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pokey11, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Pokey11

    Pokey11 Out Of The Brooder

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    I buy organic brown rice and steam it for my chickens -- which they love!!! What I am wondering is -- how much protein is that?
    I have no way to buy organic grain where I live, and try and grow greens year around for them, and than I give them some scratch and the brown rice daily. Helen in Las Vegas NV:D
     
  2. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    Looks like 7.5% which is quite low. I personally would just use it for a treat, and make sure they get some high protein treats too! Maybe give them some fish with that rice!

    Here is a link look at the bottom for proteins in many chicken grains..

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

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  3. Pokey11

    Pokey11 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks -- actually it is more of a treat. They have a large variety of food - fruits - vegetables - greens. The brown rice is expensive so really could not give them as much as they would like. In the summer, when its over 110 here I usually give them cold pasta in the afternoon - a treat and hopefully cools them down just a little. They also have a misting system. Anyway glad to have that cleared up.
     
  4. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this in addition to a layer feed? Are they free-range? I would be concerned, that they are not getting enough protein, as they need about 16% protein in their diet, and all the items you have listed are much less than this. If you don't want to feed a formulated feed for some reason, you could ameliorate that by giving them low-salt fish, good quality cat food, meal worms or other high protein foods. Free range chickens can supplement with bugs etc...but they are harder to find in the winter.
     
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  5. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If for some reason you dont give them layer feed
    I was going to suggest just as the previous poster
    Cat food is higher in protein.
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    Quote:I put a half of a watermelon out in the summer when it's really hot. My girls go nuts. I figure it's added liquid as well as something cool!
     
  8. Pokey11

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    Good idea -- I hate watermelon -- but if I can find it on sale -- I will gladly bring home the melon.
     

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