Field Peas for chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Doyler, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Doyler

    Doyler New Egg

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    I have just received a sack of organic oats and field peas mixed together. My goal is to feed only organic grain... The problem is that the Chickens eat the oats but leave the organic field peas behind. This is most disappointing... does anyone have a solution of how I can overcome this problem.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Judy is correct here. They need to be cooked. Another thing about field peas is you do need to limit how much they eat of these. They slow the intestinal tract down considerably, which can be a good thing if eaten in small amounts. This allows the bird to take in more nutrients as chickens tend to rush food through their intestines. However if they eat too much of these peas, it can really slow the tract down to the point that the crop is not emptying fast enough, causing slow and sour crop. So just be careful feeding these peas.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    x2 on Judy and Two Crows. Chickens may simply not like the field peas, or know that they aren't good to eat.
     
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  5. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I assume they are dried?If you grind them up with the oats mix in a little water they cant pick and choose as easy.Field peas a whole un split split peas
     
  6. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Doyler

    Doyler New Egg

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    Thanks for all your replies... It seems grinding the peas down is the best solution... Is there a proprietary machine for this purpose and where would I purchase it.
    Thanks
    Doyler
     
  8. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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