Hard split peas for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lillyk24, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. Lillyk24

    Lillyk24 Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought split peas for my chickens, but now I am wondering if I have to cook them or not. I had sprouts that I put in water for a few days and they sprouted, but do I have to do this for the peas as well? I heard a few different things, some said no it will blow up their stomachs and some said yes its good protein. I dont want to hurt my girls, please advise.

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  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Im not quite sure what a split pea is ( i will google it now) but i have been feeding my 4 week old chicks frozen petite peas and they love them!
     
  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    OH...they are the dried peas?
    Im not sure but I would soak them before feeding them to my chicks.
    I do sprout lentils (that look similar the the split peas i just googled) and my chicks love them too....all with a side of grit.
     
  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens can eat these dry. They seem to like split peas better than whole dried peas, but they may not be too excited. You can soak them, but of course split peas will not sprout.
     
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  5. Lillyk24

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    Thank you everyone for the tips and reply's I was unsure if I could give them to them or not, so I will soak a few today and see if they like them :)

    Thank you!

    Jen
     

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