Rice For Chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ashleylancaster, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. ashleylancaster

    ashleylancaster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A COMMON SENSE QUESTION BUT IM ASKING IT ANYWAY. IVE SEEN MANY PEOPLE POSTING THAT U CAN FEED UR CHICKENS RICE BUT THEY NEVER SAY IF UR SUPPOST TO COOK IT FIRST OR JUST GIVE IT AS UNCOOKED RICE.SO IS IT OK TO GIVE RICE AND IF SO DO U GIVE IT COOKED OR UNCOOKED?[​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If they found rice in the wild, they wouldn't take time to cook it first.[​IMG]
     
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    You can give it to them any way you want. It really does not matter and no, it does not explode LOL! I've given raw and cooked rice to the chickens and they loved it. Had no issues with rice being absorbed by them.

    In the winter, its really nice to give them warm rice or oatmeal before they go to bed. Keeps them warmer.
     
  4. jadeybaby70

    jadeybaby70 Out Of The Brooder

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    Cooked, for sure cooked. I know you can't feed wild birds uncooked rice because it swells when they drink hater and can kill the birds. My guess is that it would do the same to your chickies. I always cook grains before giving it to the flock.
     
  5. ashleylancaster

    ashleylancaster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Like I Said Common Sense!lol:) Really Like The First Post. Funny! Thanks Again.
     
  6. Aria

    Aria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we have brown rice....I cook extra for the Chickens. They love it. AND I do cooked brown rice and cooked oatmeal in the Winter for them just before bedtime. They love it.
    Regards, Aria
     
  7. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Cooked, for sure cooked. I know you can't feed wild birds uncooked rice because it swells when they drink hater and can kill the birds. My guess is that it would do the same to your chickies. I always cook grains before giving it to the flock"

    Entirely an urban myth. There are no problems with giving uncooked rice. If there were, millions of blackbirds would die each year when they eat uncooked rice.

    Clint
     
  8. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my mom gives it to them cooked
     
  9. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cooked rice is my flocks favorite goodie by far.. they just love it.. I dont feed them raw.. not worth the risk.. maybe ok for myth busters but Im not going to risk my girls..

    good luck )O(
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  10. nobodyherebutuschickens

    nobodyherebutuschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lol! I bet they love that. Good idea! Sometimes, on very cold saturday mornings I sneak out the still warm waffles or pancakes to the girls. [​IMG]

    Edited to add: On the expanding rice thing, it really is a myth. Unless your chickens are eating ENORMOUS quantities of uncooked rice, they just might feel a little uncomfortable IF it even expands that much. It's like when you feed horses beet pulp: it comes in dry pellets and you're supposed to soak them in water overnight "or your horse's stomach will explode". You can actually feed your horse several handfulls of beet pulp pellets and he'll be fine.
     
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