Horse oats okay for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by growsaposy, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. growsaposy

    growsaposy Out Of The Brooder

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    My little flock got into the horse oats for awhile. I would like to know if race horse oats rather than rolled oats are OK for chickens. They think so, but I want your opinions! Thank you.

    Barb
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Oats with the hulls on or attached like rolled are fine but...

    There are some things to keep in mind.

    The hulls can irritate the gizzard and the extra fiber is not needed by poultry; the hulls may be considered as kind of a waste of space in their feed. So the hulls' food value is poor.

    The oats themselves are very good for chickens, however.
    http://www2.ca.uky.edu/smallflocks/Nutrition-Oats.html

    I feed oats when I have them. I have bought horse oats, rolled oats (animal oats with hulls hanging off), and quick oats (human). They much prefer the quick oats.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/692659/whole-oats-as-chicken-feed
     
  3. growsaposy

    growsaposy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your advice. I will be careful with these horse oats and the chickens. Since they are whole not rolled I assume they have some hull material on them. The hens thought they had found a candy store! I will limit what they get. Thanks Very Much for the information.
    Barb
     

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