Oats, corn question

horsechick

Songster
12 Years
Nov 14, 2007
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Eaton, Ohio
Hi,
I am wondering in simple terms here, if you can feed chickens oats and corn instead of buying the processed feed from a manufacturer?
We have horses too and thought we might be able to feed all of our animals using "real" grains instead of processed or extruded pellets, etc.
Any thoughts or help?
Thank you
 

debbie.h

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jul 12, 2009
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Warm Springs, GA
I've been feeding mine whole grains since they were 3 months. I won't buy the pellets anymore because they don't eat them. Big waste
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Mrs.Puff

Songster
11 Years
Apr 16, 2008
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Southern Iowa
Straight out oats and corn won't give them all the nutrients they need unless you have them free ranging and they are getting plenty of greens, bugs etc. Plus they will need calcium supplement (oyster shell) b/c they won't get it from the feed.

Too much corn makes for fat chickens, and fat chickens are not good layers.
 

A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
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If they're free-ranging and their pasture is good then some times you can get by with just feeding whole grains and maybe some oyster shell.

The problem is that their range is not always going to be good such as from about mid-fall to mid-spring (depending on where you live). During those periods egg production is likely to plummet because just corn and oats is not nutritionally complete and they're not able to make up for what it lacks from what they are able to forage.

What I do is to hang a feeder of a 20% protein complete feed and another feeder of mixed grain. When range is good they eat less of the complete ration and more of the grain. When it's bad they eat about a fifty/fifty mix. Egg production stays pretty good year round once I have allowed for changing light conditions.

.....Alan.
 
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