lentils raw?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by snowflake, May 17, 2011.

  1. snowflake

    snowflake Overrun With Chickens

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    looking for something to add to scratch, any one give dry split peas or dry lentils?
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Lentils, no. Generally any raw bean (and lentils are a bean), dried or not, is considered toxic to birds. Split peas are ok.
     
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Lentils & split peas can be fed raw with no ill effect. They are some of the few legumes with low levels of the trypsin (?) inhibitor. Peas are regularly fed raw to pigeons in pigeon grain mix. I have fed both with no problem. If you google lentils & peas, you can read the literature on poultry feeding.
     
  4. snowflake

    snowflake Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] THANK YOU!! I don't feed a lot of scratch this time of year, but it is a good way to get them in the run if they are free ranging, and it keeps them coming when they see me, or any one near the coop(we like that [​IMG] )
     

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