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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BRYAN662, Apr 6, 2009.
can chickens eat strait oats? is it good for them?
I soak crimped oats in water and feed them a scoop at a time. They love it. I have never given straight oats. You do mean the oat without any outer shell?
well i farm and i grew some oats and stored them for the horses. i wanted to feed it to thed chicks to help with feed cost
I don't see any reason why you couldn't. I can't believe someone else didn't reply.
I give mine oats (with shell) once in a while for a treat, and they LOVE them! No ill effects as of yet, don't think it could possibly hurt them.
I just bought some whole oats for the purpose of reducing feed cost. What is meant by crimped oats? My chickens are eating the oats but I think I will try chopping it up a bit in the blender to make it easier to eat.
I think crimped oat are run thru a machine that breaks the outer shell. It makes is easier to digest. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Its been awhile since I took crop science.
We buy steamed crimped oats for the girls (the horses get some, too)- it isn't as popular as the sunflower seeds or the yogurt, but they like them. I would think whole oats are fine- a gizzard is more efficient than a stomach at breaking the husk apart, I would think.
Plain oats should be fine... they ARE a grain, and there are many grains in chicken scratches and feeds.
I put plain oats in my scratch mix. They like it just fine.