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Where the heck did I read this?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BearSwampChick, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    I recently read somewhere and can't for the life of me remember where, that if you want your chickens to mature at a slower rate to introduce oats at 6 weeks and increasing the amount gradually to a 50% mix until they are 16 or 18 weeks old. Does that sound right? I've gone through all my books and magazines and can't find it anywhere. Can any of you pros advise as to this method? Mine just turned 6 weeks. Also, would this be whole oats or rolled oats?

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    It's in Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens and someone here quoted it, I believe. I have never done that. I just keep them on starter/grower till laying age.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2008
  3. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Thanks, Cyn, that's where I thought it was, but couldn't locate it.
  4. greggy

    greggy Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Reed City, Michigan
    I've got the same book, and what he says makes sense. I'm going to try it. I'll buy crimped oats and broadcast them in the evening hours while keeping the grower in the hanging feeder.

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