Oats, Whole Grains, Barley...Supplements?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Poulets De Cajun, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Recently I switched my birds from commercial layer feed, over to whole oats (race horse oats) with free choice grit. So far I have noticed that they are not eating as much, they are staying fuller longer, and there has been a reduction in the amount of droppings.

    I was doing this to condition them for the upcomig show season, but I am really liking the way this is turning out.

    Plus I was told about all the things that actually go INTO commercial feed. Clay as a binder... weed seeds... and anything else thats unusable in other feeds.

    In addition to whole oats, what else can I supplement their feed with after show season? And can anyone suggest a good source for info on the nutritional values on certain ingredients?
  2. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    I don't know about your feed question, but I would sure love to see a picture of your lavendar silkies.......

  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I feed my chickens crimped oats in with their laying pellets and chick starter once they are about 6 weeks old. The adult chickens don't like the oats nearly as well as they love the wheat, which was in the scratch feed I gave as a treat.

    I know we like to feed our Guinea pigs rolled oats as a boost to their diet for showing but I have not added much else in supplements.
    Most of the time I buy a good commercial food for the chickens and just add what I think is best for them to boost areas that need improving.
    I add flax seed to my layers and add Vit E to my Silkies feed.
    It depends on who it is and what they do and I am still in the process of learning what is beneficial. It also helps when you can actually get the grains and products where you live.
    I like to read what others feed so I can see if it would benefit any of my numerous flocks.[​IMG]

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