rice, cooked or uncooked

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by slystr, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. slystr

    slystr Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    Dallas TX
    I have some old rice I'm about to throw out. I thought I might give it to the chickens if they can eat it raw. I don't see why not, corn & milo are raw. But I thought I saw something about folks using cooked rice. Is raw ok?
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Rice, when cooked, swells up. So if a bird eats it raw it will do the same thing. At least so I'm told. That's why folks cook it before giving it to the birds.
    That's also why rice is no longer thrown at weddings, too many wild birds were dieing from eating it raw.
  3. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    We feed our chickens steamed rice they love it, mix in some layer crumble with it.
  4. edbama2

    edbama2 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Slocomb, Alabama
  5. Nebbo

    Nebbo In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2007
    Kingston, WA
    When I cook rice there's always some stuck to the bottom of the cooker, so I put it outside for the chickens and they peck it clean for me! It's brown or basmatti, so I feel like I'm giving them actual food.

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