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Do LENTILS Need to be cracked?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rSpriggs, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a situation locally where there is mixed barley & lentils available for 9 cents a pound.
    The lentils have been run thru a sizing sifter, and are smaller than what is "normal" size, thus the low price.
    Will the gals be fine with the lentils as is, or should I find a way to crack them?
    The lentil / barley mix is available for the next week or so, then it will be lentils only.
    I'm looking to create a "what-if" reserve food supply for the layers, more so than scratch grains, so I'm interested in comments regarding the comnpleteness (or lack of) with that mix.


    All help & comments are appreciated!
    Thanks-
    Russ
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They should be cooked. Don't give them to your chickens as hard little rock nuggets.
     
  3. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks!
    As an alternative, how about soaking & sprouting the barley / lentil mix - any thoughts?
     
  4. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooh yeah, sprout those babies and you'll have friends for life! They are probably far more nutritious that way as well. Come to think of it, we should be eating this stuff...
     
  5. carress

    carress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will they srout if they're not whole? I'd have to guess that at least half the 'chunks' don't have what they need inside to sprout...

    That said - would soaked lentils work in place of cooked?
     
  6. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I soaked the mixed barley & lentils for 24 hrs & have been rinsing & draining for 2 days, & we have sprouts.
    The split lentils are certainly soft enough, and everything is quite tasty . . .
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    My first thought on this 9 cent stuff was, Wow, if the ship hits the sand, I won't need to be butchering starving chickens.
    My thoughts now are, Wow, I've got over a thousand pounds of survival food that I can share with the chickens . . .
    [​IMG]
     
  7. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right attitude! So glad it worked out! I would have bnought a lot too, but 1,000 pounds? Wow...
     
  8. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

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    It was simple math for me . . .
    I spend well over $20 for organic feed now, so it's nearly 50 cents a pound.
    I spent about $100 for over half a ton of "backup" feed!
     

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