Nutrition in oats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Noodlynoo, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. Noodlynoo

    Noodlynoo Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2014
    People have been mentioning on a chicken keeping facebook group that 'porridge' oats have no nutritional value for chickens, yet there are lots of threads on here that show that many people feed them - particularly in fermenting.

    What are peoples opinions on this site about it?
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2013
    I don't use 'porridge' oats (I assume people mean 'quick' oats by this, though we use whole rolled oats if we make porridge) and my animals detest quick oats. There's good reason. They're overprocessed compared to whole rolled oats and denatured foods do not act the same in the body, generally being prone to creating more acid, overdoses or imbalances of nutrients, etc.

    Whole rolled oats, yes; valuable fodder with many health benefits. Quick oats --- never. My animals would rather starve.

    Best wishes.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I use whole / intact grain oats during winter and usually applied as soaked. For me it is a way to provide water. They good for energy and can repressent part of the protein in a maintenance diet (no growth, no molt, no eggs).

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