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Do you feed oats to your chickens? If so, do you feed rolled oats, whole oats, quick oats that people eat?

For several months I have been giving quick oats that I bought from the local grocery store to the chickens.

Yesterday my wife and I bought a 50 pound of whole oats.

I usually start my chickens with a morning treat of oats, hen scratch and oyster shells.

This morning, they were eating the whole oats like everything else.
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I use whole oats in our ration for broilers. I run it through a hammer mill to crack it. If I was feeding it directly to chickens, I would buy rolled oats in a 50 lb. bag that would normally be fed to horses. I don't know if that would be necessary, buy that is what I would do.
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I have been feeding mine left over cooked steel cut oats, and they love em. Chickens will eat just about anything you do Kev.
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I've fed whole oats, but they seem to like the rolled or crimped better.
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Corn, barley, oats; yes they eat all grains whole.

So long as they get enough sand for their gizzards they are good.
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What Beekeeper said. As long as they have access to sand or really small gravel, they will be able to digest whole oats no problem.
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Watch how they swallow a salamander or frog, there is nothing left. They digest it all.
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My chickens seem to be total fiends when it comes to crickets, and watermellon.
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We feed whole oats to our layers during the winter and have never had a problem with it. Just mix in a little grit and you are good to go.
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Damn these modern day fussy chickens
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My chickens eat everything. They mercilessly tore apart the mole that dug into their coop last week.
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my chickens prefer their crickets dipped in chocolate.
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