Can chickens eat rice hulls and rice chaff?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kuntrygirl, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Can chickens eat rice hulls or rice chaff? I saw an ad in our local paper and was wondering.

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  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Well it won't hurt them but i don't think they will eat much of it, i have some here and it is great for deep litter method in a coop.
     
  3. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is litter - not feed.

    And a great litter it is!
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    ok great. i couldn't think of why this person posted rice hull and chaff. now I know. thanks
     
  5. dfriloux

    dfriloux Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm about to start using rice hulls in the top part of my coop for nests and below the roost. I have sand in the run portion of the coop and it's working fine, but I'm getting a tiny bit worried that the sand is a bit dusty and am thinking about adding some rice hulls on top of it. Is that overkill, do you think?
     
  6. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There may be little bits of rice in it, but overall it would have next to no nutritional value. If its really cheap, it would be sort of litter with a fringe benefit, I'm sure they would enjoy picking through it for whatever bits of rice they could find in there. But I certainly wouldn't pay more for it than for the comparable amount of any other litter such as pine shavings.
     

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