Feeding Rice

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by zrkr, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. zrkr

    zrkr Hatching

    Jul 21, 2009
    Would it be okay to feed my chickens cooked rice?
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Absolutely - they'll love it!
  3. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    mine fight over it
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    I make a rice leftover stew every week for them! Whatever left overs I have I throw it in the processor then cook them up 1 lb of rice mix and walla-big fat healthy warm meal on these misserable winter mornings
  5. dianer29

    dianer29 Songster

    Aug 31, 2009
    At times it is good to put in a bit of minced garlic for their intestinal "upkeep".Mine get it in brown rice and love it!
  6. kota1369

    kota1369 Songster

    Dec 17, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    I give mine rice and whole wheat cooked spagetti and flax seed. They love it. I also will sprinkle a bit of diatamacous earth (DE)in their pellets to help with parasites. I also sprinkle DE in their dust bath spots to help with any external bugs. It also goes in the straw for mites that can hide in the hollow peices.
    They also love greens, carrots, black sunflowers, plain yogurt from Whole Foods they love and it is great for them and any other veggie leftovers. Add up to a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in their water is also very good for them. Google the benifits, it's a amazing.
    I will also cook them some oatmeal every now and then and they seem to like it.

    4 dogs and 4 city chickens
  7. hermiesbirdies

    hermiesbirdies In the Brooder

    Nov 16, 2009
    do they need grit to eat spagetti and rice? I have some cochin chicks that are on starter/grower and I cant find chick grit and the petsmart only carries hi calcium parakeet grit.

    any other suggestions for grit for the birds that are between 4 and 8 weeks?
  8. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    Mine LOVE rice. [​IMG] It is one of the first table scraps I gave them. Our family eats lots of rice. We buy it in 25lb bags. We usually make more than we are going to eat (sometimes we eat it all). The extra goes to the chickens.

    hermiesbirdies - They absolutely need grit if you are feeding anything other than starter feed. I gave mine chick grit until they were 12 weeks old. Then I switched to #2 size grit. I bought the chick grit in 5 lb bag (I believe it was about $5.00 a bag). I used 2 bags for 18 chicks. I bought the #2 size grit in a 50 lb bag for less then $10.00. If I had known last year that I was going to raise chicks again this year I probably would have bought a 50 lb bag. I thought is would be several years until I raised more. Oops... [​IMG] I don't need this much, it would just be cheaper to buy it that way. I am going to check with the feed store that sells the 50 lb bags this spring to see if they have a 10 or 25 lb bag.
  9. hermiesbirdies

    hermiesbirdies In the Brooder

    Nov 16, 2009
    anyone near forsyth or yadkin county in NC know where I can pick up some chick grit?
  10. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Bear in mind that rice (especially WHITE rice) is a very low-protein and high carbohydrate food. I wouldn't give them too much of it as they will load up on that and not have a balanced diet. Same with bread. Keep these kinds of foods to less than 10% of daily intake--perhaps use it instead of scratch? (which is also high carb).

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