short-term homemade feed question

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  1. sjmjrgkmg

    sjmjrgkmg Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,
    Oops - ran out of feed, and my "chicken guy" has limited hours during the winter. Since I might not get out there for a couple of days, I thought I'd throw together some feed out of my pantry. I have rolled and steel cut oats, millet, sesame seeds, mung dal (a small legume akin to red lentils or tiny split peas), rice, and barley (whole, hulled - not pearled) - is there anything on that list that shouldn't be included? Should I be pulverizing bigger grains and lentils in the blender?
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Cook the rice first before feeding.

    The hard grains like the millet and sesame seeds can be fed as is, but would be better soaked overnight first.

    Anything "instant" or "quick cooking" should be cooked first, just to be safe.

    You can also feed them any meat you have, most fruits and vegetables, cooked pasta, unseasoned cooked popcorn, cooked potatoes (never raw).

    I wouldn't bother pulverizing the bigger things like the lentils, I would just soak them.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    The rice does not have to be cooked before feeding. It is an ingredient in many pigeon feeds.
     

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