My chickens didn't much appreciate the Quaker guy

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by alaskachick, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the pumpkins did go over well, so I tried the oatmeal. I made a big pot of warm oatmeal and I even added a little bit of brown sugar! Right now it lays frozen in the bowl in the middle of the yard as the girls and boy did not eat it! Was I suppose to give them the oats dry? I assumed cooked.
     
  2. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Minnesota
    I do think it is supposed to be cooked... at least that is what I remembered reading. To bad they didn't like it, nothing better than a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning!
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They were probably afraid of it. Try a few more times with small batches. They'll eat it cooked or raw.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If you dump it on the ground (yes, clumpy and wet after thawing it out) they might go for it. Mine would.
     
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  5. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens like cooked oatmeal, but it did take them a while to realize it was food!
     
  6. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chooks get cooked oatmeal every morning, right now, and they love it! When they decided they no longer wanted to eat the sprouts that I have worked hard to have for them, I mixed them in the oatmeal. All gone!

    With winter on its way, I bought some starter crumble to mix into it, to help increase the protein content. My oatmeal is 14% protein. Starter is 20%. Using equal parts, by weight, it should be 17%!
     
  7. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave my chickens warm oatmeal with yogurt for the first time this morning and they were not impressed. However, several other mornings I have warmed milk and added their food to it to make a mush and they love that. I also used whey from making cheese last week and they loved that too. I warmed it and added their regular food.
     
  8. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Mine love it too. I bring it out to them still steaming warm on a cold morning. Of course, I just eat a handful of cold dry cereal myself. [​IMG]
     
  9. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    Georgia
    YOU HAVE TO COOK IT. IF NOT IT WILL SWELL AND COULD KILL THEM. SAME WITH RICE.

    yes i was yelling that. most churches will not let you throw rice at weddings anymore because it is dangerous for the birds.
     
  10. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every morning I give my girls a small bowl with some layer pellets mixed with water to make a mush. They will eat that. I keep trying to add other things to it -- yogurt, warm oatmeal, cooked squash -- whatever extra soft food I have around. They seem to hate it! On days that it's plain with water they'll gobble it. When it has anything else, they ignore it. [​IMG]
    Mine are very fussy eaters.
     

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