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Rice Bran Pellets for Chickens?

Postby PeachOnEarth » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:44 pm

We have a never ending supply of rice bran pellets which we supplement our horses with and they LOVE it.... however... I was wondering if the chickens would also benefit from them?... and would I have to grind them or would they be able to peck at them?
It sure would cut down on the grain bill!
Any thoughts./ wisdom would be appreciated....
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Re: Rice Bran Pellets for Chickens?

Postby mmpaints » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:39 pm

POE, why would you want to add fat content to the chicken feed? That's pretty much why you feed it to horses ( fed to the hard keeper thoroughbreds here).
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Re: Rice Bran Pellets for Chickens?

Postby PeachOnEarth » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:48 pm

hmmm...dunno?.. we get it free.. so thought it might be ok to supplement the chicken feed to save money?.. but if you think its not healthy for them... perhaps not?.. thats why i was asking... these are my first chickens.....
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Re: Rice Bran Pellets for Chickens?

Postby Disa » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:57 pm

If it's high fat, you might not want to. I know I've been cautioned about feeding too much scratch for the same reason. Also, the scratch is tastier and they'll eat it over the layer feed which has the protein and calcium they need for good egg production.
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Re: Rice Bran Pellets for Chickens?

Postby PeachOnEarth » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:05 pm

Never thought about the fat content... but that may be true.. since i get Rice Bran Oil too for cooking
I usually throw one handful of scratch out a day for a treat for 7 chickens... my hands arent very big.. so hopefully thats not too much..........
So far my eggs have great shells and even during the winter im still getting 14-16 eggs a week.. so they seem to be OK so far.... but I dont want to upset the apple cart... OR the chicken feed!
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Re: Rice Bran Pellets for Chickens?

Postby mmpaints » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:32 pm

POE, I really don't know if it will hurt them but it just doesn't seem right to feed a chicken something so high in fats that i don't think they really need.

Wish I could get rice bran cheap. It's $25 a bag here.
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Re: Rice Bran Pellets for Chickens?

Postby Blaundee » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:52 pm

My thought was that it is high in fiber, and chickens digestive systems will stop up and they'll die if they get too much fiber.
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