What are sour oats?

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  1. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are sour oats? I just came across a thread about them. Are they good for chickens and if so how do you make them? Thanks!
     
  2. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sour oats are sometimes called soaked oats, though technically the two terms shouldn't be interchanged. The term "soaked" comes from a way of preparing oats by first soaking the grain prior to cooking or eating raw. The soaking breaks down some natural compounds called phytic acids, which can block mineral absorption. Folk who like to follow a raw food diet often soak their oats in order to avoid this possible problem. If you soak for a long while, a bit of fermentation begins, leading the oats to turn "sour." At this point, the proteins in the oats are more digestible, and the starches too are converted into a more digestible form. I imagine that sour oats would be a great way to bulk up chicken and to provide them with a nutrient-rich source of whole grain.
     
  3. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Do you use whole oats or are rolled oats ok? Would you just put them in a bowl with water?
     
  4. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've personally never soaked oats, but when I've seen it done it is with whole oats. I suppose that steel-cut oats (sometimes called Irish oats in my part of the country) would work for soaking. The rolled oats are likely to get really mushy.
     
  5. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks [​IMG]
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Use oats like in form of intact seed. You also have activation of some B vitamins making them more available. As I understand it, use of soaked oats was used a lot prior to developement of complete diets.

    Try not to have at more than 25% of total diet despite birds being inclined to consume more if given chance.
     
  7. BrattishTaz

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    Thank you for asking this, OP. I saw that thread and was wondering what they were too. Great answers too, Chemguy!
     
  8. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you

    Quote:I was planning on trying them out with a little bit first and then if they like it giving it as an occasional pick-up for the cold days [​IMG]
     
  9. centrarchid

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    Quote:I was planning on trying them out with a little bit first and then if they like it giving it as an occasional pick-up for the cold days [​IMG]

    Watch for changes in consistency of poo. If poo becomes too runny / sticky, back off a bit on feeding rate.
     
  10. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks for the advice! I'll have to find somewhere to get whole oats first, the feed stores here strangely don't have any xD
    Do you think it would work with their corn? Wheat, that is.
     

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