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Feeding wheat bran to chickens?

Posted: 11 Jan 2010, 17:35
by griffin
We recently bought a big bag (20kg) of wheat bran to make a hot bran mash for our horses in this cold weather and I was wondering if anyone feeds this to their chickens?, or if for some reason it is to be avoided. They have been readily scoffing hot porridge made from an old packet of ready brek ( 60g flakes to 300ml hot water)and really enjoy it in these icy conditions.
Funnily enough they are laying more eggs now than before Christmas, but then again it is only about 6 eggs/day from 15 birds.
So what hot treats do your chooks get?

Re: Feeding wheat bran to chickens?

Posted: 11 Jan 2010, 17:40
by CP
In the old days bran was mixed with kitchen leftovers & fed to the chickens so I can't see a problem with it. Unless anyone else knows different? :)

Re: Feeding wheat bran to chickens?

Posted: 11 Jan 2010, 17:40
by crazypianolady
Oats soaked in hot water. Left over pasta/rice/potatoes. Not all at once, of course! :lol:

And we've a part sack of bran OH was going to use as a slug deterrant.......I wonder if he'd notice if it went missing............ ;) :lol:

Re: Feeding wheat bran to chickens?

Posted: 11 Jan 2010, 17:43
by Phill
when my grandparents lived in south america they kept chickens for eggs,table and showing I believe wheat bran was all they fed their chickens along with a few handfulls of mixed corn and none of them ever fell ill and were very healthy chickens.

bran its probably almost the equivelent of feeding just porrige, since giving the extra porrige to my chickens my young hen has started laying!

Re: Feeding wheat bran to chickens?

Posted: 12 Jan 2010, 11:06
by MrsMopp
My Nan always used to feed cold/warm bran mash and leftovers/boiled peelings to her laying birds. I can still remember the smell of the huge galvanised bran tub in the shed. My mother told me recently she still has the wooden scoop we used to use, so that might be coming my way as a nice momento.

Re: Feeding wheat bran to chickens?

Posted: 12 Jan 2010, 11:51
by tweedy
Mine get warm porridge on cold mornings they go mad for it, probably saved 1 or 2 from from the cold. Wheat bran is great though.

Re: Feeding wheat bran to chickens?

Posted: 12 Jan 2010, 12:05
by griffin
Thanks for confirming it is ok to feed.
I did notice on another forum someone made a comment that it is against DEFRA guidelines to prepare food for chickens in a domestic kitchen, so making them some porridge in the kitchen is actually illegal! The issue being the potential for cross contamination, from uncooked meat to what you prepare for the chickens! Rediculous I know - but it just goes to show how stringent ( and petty?) some regulations are. I think most people are sensible enough to know potential risks involved and act responsibly though.

Re: Feeding wheat bran to chickens?

Posted: 16 Jan 2010, 11:46
by jd67stella
mine get spagetti, porrige, rice, and layers pellets. bought them in september and from 12 hens ime getting 5-6 a day. they started on friday 13th oct and havnt stopped since.