What Do I Do With Wheat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Barry Natchitoches, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was given about 75 pounds of livestock quality wheat.


    I also have about 100 pounds of oats already, and about 100 pounds of black oil sunflower seed.


    How do I serve this to my chickens? Does it have to be ground first? Is this a "treat" ration (I KNOW that BOSS is considered a "treat", but what about wheat or oats?), or is this to be served as part of a regular ration mix?


    If it should be served as part of a regular ration mix, what else should I mix in to create a balanced diet (keeping in mind that I WILL NOT give my chickens GMO corn or soybeans)?


    Do these grains have to be ground, or can the birds eat them whole?
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I throw them all out as scratch. Whole, not ground.
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Lucky find............... if I were you I 'd mix it in with a few bags of layer feed and make a nice higher protien layer ration with the benny's of BOSS.
     
  4. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yeah but if you do it like that won't the chickens just dig out the treats and cause a lot of food waste? [​IMG]
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Sometimes I suppose, I feed my birds custom mixes all the time regularly and haven't found it to the case. So maybe if your birds are finicky mix up a small batch and check it out, if it doesn't work I think the scratch Idea Katy suggested is a good one. I guess I don't coddle my birds like most BYCer's they eat what I give them when I give it, so normaly there isn't an issue.
     
  6. exop

    exop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Soaking whole wheat overnight in water swells the kernels and seems to make them "yummier" from the chicken's point of view. Softer, easier to digest and perhaps a little more nutritious because of changes in the grain as it gets ready to germinate. I drain mine though a mesh sieve and serve it as a scratch grain,

    Best - exop
     
  7. OneTenthAcreAndAChicken

    OneTenthAcreAndAChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you brew some wheat beer first - then give 'em the spent grains??? [​IMG]
     
  8. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just throw it on the ground and they pick at it, keeps them entertained.
     
  9. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just throw it on the ground and they go nuts over it. My dh is a crop farmer so he saved some out for me when he cut wheat this summer.
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:That's where I get mine too. We farm and I always save some back when we're harvesting. After corn harvest I go out and gather up ears that the combine missed...they love pecking the corn off the ears.
     

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