Oatmeal

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In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 10, 2011
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On Especially Cold Days I Give My Chick-ladies Hot Oatmeal. Is This Ok And Should I Do It Often?
 

terrilhb

Songster
9 Years
Dec 11, 2010
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Georgia
It won't hurt them. And they will greatly appreciate it. I feed mine oatmeal and rice on cold days. To warm them up a little. The poor babies.
 

saladin

Songster
10 Years
Mar 30, 2009
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the South
Whole Oats would be much better.

Nothing wrong with the oatmeal except that (1) it is way to expensive for chicken feed and (2) it has lost most of it's nutritional content through the mill and age.
Whole Oats retain there nutritional content longer.... as does any whole grain.
Whole grains are always the way to go over milled or cracked feed when you can get them.

I pay $9 for a 50 lb bag of Whole Oats.
 

carladababe

Songster
9 Years
Nov 25, 2010
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Dixon, Missouri
I really should buy oatmeal by the ton. My girls love it! Cooked on a cold day or raw out of carton, doesn't matter. Next to tomatoes and cantaloupe, it's their favorite treat. Whole grain is better than the quick oats.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I give mine DRY, old fashioned oat meal for treats. The cheap brand without any added salt. I have never cooked oatmeal for my flock. I feel so .... mean.

But it's great for hand-feeding. I also toss some for the shyer birds with lower rank, because the Very Important Flock Members won't let them close.
 

7L Farm

Songster
9 Years
Jul 22, 2010
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Anderson, Texas
Quote:I agree I was feeding them store bought but after reading your comment I bought 50 pounds it cost around 13 bucks. Feed prices fluctuate daily . Its good stuff on cold morning it was 11 % protein.
 

Linn Bee

Songster
8 Years
Oct 30, 2011
426
3
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South-est, central-est WI
Every Monday and Thursday I make oatmeal for breakfast - the long cooking kind. I make an extra serving for the chickens. . . add some seeds and raisins to the oatmeal and my chickens L-O-V-E it.
 
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