Should we Plant Winter Wheat or Rye?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by swampducks, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    DH has about 2 acres that he's been thinking of planting with either winter wheat or winter rye, harvesting next year, and then planting with oats. He wants to know which is better for chickens.

    I can't find a lot of info on feeding rye to chickens, but as a feed I've found rye is susceptible to ergot, a fungus which makes some feed companies leery of using it.

    Wheat has more protein than rye by about 4% and more starch.

    Anyone have any suggestions? Right now I'm leaning towards wheat.
     
  2. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Since the wheat is higher in protien, I'd go with the wheat. Besides I know the chickens love wheat but am not so sure on rye. Though they eat about anything. [​IMG] Have fun!!!!
     
  3. RASTACHICKI

    RASTACHICKI Out Of The Brooder

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    Mobile, Alabama
    ERGOT is the base form of LSD as well, i would stick to feeding your chickens wheat, unless you want some Psychodellic chickens running around. Hey they can't be that bad!! PE-KOK !!
     
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    We grew winter wheat a couple years ago, the flock loved it.
     
  5. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    When does winter wheat come off in Michigan? In Indiana, it's off around July 4th. too late for oats.
     
  6. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    Quote:DH was wondering if chickens dropping acid would see the walls of their coop breathing.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    Quote:DH says the wheat comes off the same time up here. He also says his dad has planted oats that late with no problem, but he'll check to be sure.

    Otherwise, he'll just plant more wheat.

    Looks like wheat is the winner.

    Although chickens chasing a psychedelic high could be pretty amusing [​IMG]
     
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'm surprised you can grow winter wheat as far north as you are. We grow winter wheat here in central Kansas and I always thought that where you are you'd have to grow spring wheat. Live and learn I guess. :) Where we are if we don't have our oats in by March it gets too hot for it before it matures. I suppose you're cool enough during the summer tho that it has time to mature.
     
  9. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    Quote:I got the scoop from my FIL yesterday while we watched DH pack down the wheat seed. After this is harvested in July he should plant rape or something else similar. Then in spring the following year plant oats, and then winter wheat again that fall. So it's sort of a 2 year long process.
     

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