Oats for Chickens

Boo-Boo's Mama

Songster
9 Years
Mar 21, 2010
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Western Edge of Central Texas
This evening a posting on Craig's List caught my eye. Someone in my area is selling oats for $5.50/50# bag.

My DH thinks this is a good price.

Would it be ok to add the oats to the starter/grower for my chicks?

Thanks!

Peggy
 

digitS'

Songster
12 Years
Dec 12, 2007
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ID/WA border
They are about 20% hulls so that's very high-fiber for a chicken feed. And, that's not talking about a starter diet.

Richard J. Julian, University of Guelph, Ontario, says 5% of diet or 30% of diet, dehulled, "maximum recommended." But once again, they aren't talking about chicks.

4. Alternative Feeds

It sounds, however, like your chicks are reaching the adolescent stage. A little might be okay.

Steve
 

PriceFamilyFarms

Songster
9 Years
Apr 18, 2010
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Henderson, NC
I cook up a big bowl of oatmeal for my chickens once a week. They love it! It's kinda funny how they will stick their entire beak into the oatmeal and wind up with oats all over the sides of their faces...then go running to find something to rub up against to clean their self
 

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