oats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BRYAN662, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. BRYAN662

    BRYAN662 Out Of The Brooder

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    can chickens eat strait oats? is it good for them?
     
  2. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  3. BRYAN662

    BRYAN662 Out Of The Brooder

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    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
     
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
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    I don't see any reason why you couldn't. I can't believe someone else didn't reply.
     
  5. Granolamom

    Granolamom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
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    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.
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  8. valmom

    valmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. chickenkate

    chickenkate Out Of The Brooder

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    Plain oats should be fine... they ARE a grain, and there are many grains in chicken scratches and feeds.[​IMG]
     
  10. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I put plain oats in my scratch mix. They like it just fine.
     

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