Raw rice?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lothiriel, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can I feed it to my chickens? My dad said that it explodes in their "gullet" (read: crop [​IMG]) and I shouldn't give it to them.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It's an old wives tale. OK to give them raw rice. I do about 1x a week for years.

    Imp

    I read years ago that it started as an April Fool's Joke in the 1950's, in a Dear Abby or Ann Landers column.
     
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  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Agree with Imp. That old wives tale even made cities pass ordinances making it illegal to throw rice at weddings for fear of killing wild birds! [​IMG]

    No one told the wild ducks and other birds about it though, they still gorge on the rice fields when they can.
     
  4. sambia62

    sambia62 Out Of The Brooder

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    this is great to know I have quite a bit of rice i need to get rid of maybe i will just mix it in with my other feed will that be ok ?
     
  5. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive wondered the same thing. My soon to be ex bought a huge bag of brown basmati rice from costco and my kids wont tough it because its to "chewy" translation...healthy for them. Im not a rice eater at all so I wont eat in. Can I mix it into the feed for them or give it with treats sometimes.
     
  6. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Since Imp and galanie told me it was ok to give it to my chickens, I've just been giving them some plain in their "snack bowl" every day. They go nuts for it.
     
  7. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grew up next to Rice fields and worked in /hunted in, and all kinds of birds eat it.Ducks and geese fly thousands of miles to feed in those fields.Our chic ate it too...cva34
     
  8. onafixedincome

    onafixedincome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The problem comes when you scatter or feed instant-type rice, I believe--it *does* swell up when wet.

    Just how much rice can chickens have in their diet? A friend is feeding almost exclusively to her free-range chooks, and there's not a lot besides the rice available to them at the moment...
     
  9. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I add "raw" brown rice (and millet) to my homemade scratch mixture. It also contains rolled oats and BOSS. They love it and it's very healthy.
     
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  10. mondotomhead

    mondotomhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I make up Minute rice and scramble some eggs in it for my chickens. Do you guys think this is OK? I DO NOT give them raw Minute rice.
     

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