do chickens have to eat ROLLED oats or can they eat whole?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cjeanean, May 9, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Just wondering. I'm looking to mix some oats into their food to stretch it a little bit, and I'm wondering if they can eat the whole oats or if they need them rolled for digestive purposes. Thanks!
  2. My chickens eat whole oats, when I give it to them. It is expensive now, $7.00 per 50# bag.
  3. funonahonda

    funonahonda Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Where would you get a #50pound of oats at?
  4. There is this place down the road that sells all types of feed and hay and straw. They make it and bag it right there. They sell lay mash, cracked and whole corn, oats, wheat, soybeans, and a bunch more stuff.
  5. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Songster

    Sep 9, 2007
    middle Tennessee
    Quote:I live in Tennessee and feed oats are $11.00 a #50 .
  6. pasofinofarm

    pasofinofarm NONESUCH FARM CONROE TX

    Mar 22, 2007
    Near Houston, TX
    Feed oats here in Texas $10.25/50#. But can be gotten at any feed store...
  7. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Whoa, I just bought a 50# sack of whole oats for $ the feed store.

    That's only a dollar less than "real" chicken feed....

    What was I thinking????

    Well, in fact, I'm going to try to sow some of it in half of the run while confining them to the other half and see if I can get just a small but of forage for them....

    Who knows if it will work or not...

  8. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    It will work very well. I have sown wheat/oats/barley in the chickens run, its sprouting nicely. Wait till it's about 2 to 8 inches or even till it starts branching (tillering) and the chickens will have a good feed off it [​IMG]

  9. i guess $7.00 per 50# bag isnt that much.
  10. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Quote:Excellent. I'm gonna go out today and rake, sow and water....
    About how long does it take to germinate and get to that 2-8 inch stage?


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