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Can Chickens Eat Oats? (Is It Safe)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) did a study that discovered that feeding raw or cooked oats to chickens improved their health. This food is packed with calcium, choline, iron, copper, magnesium, niacin, zinc, and other essential minerals that are safe and healthy for chickens to consume.

Bowl of oatmeal and oat grass

If you have chickens, it’s important to feed them a healthy diet. You may wonder if it’s safe to give chicken oats, so read on to get answers to all of your important chicken questions.

Is It Safe for a Chicken To Eat Oats? Should Your Chicken Have It?

Yes, chickens can eat oatmeal, and it’s actually a favorite treat for these domesticated birds. Oatmeal is a good source of nutrition for chickens, including vitamins, antioxidants, and protein, and feeding them oatmeal may improve their overall health.

Yes, it’s safe for chickens to eat oats and yes, you should feed them oats as a treat or snack.

What To Look Out for When Feeding Chickens With Oats?

Female confused with hands up in the air

Feeding chicken oats is safe, but there are a few important things that you should look out for. When you feed your chickens, remember that oats are a treat and should not be part of their complete daily diet.

One thing to look out for is that oats should only be fed to your chickens occasionally, and no more than once per day. Always feed chickens fresh oats and never give them old or stale food, which could spread illness or disease among the flock.

Another thing to look out for: you should also never feed chickens flavored oatmeal or anything that contains sugar or artificial flavors and preservatives.  

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Can Chickens Eat Oat Seeds?

Close oat seeds

Give your chicken oat seeds as a nice treat and a supplement to their normal feed. You can even combine oat seeds with fresh berries for a highly nutritious meal. Oat seeds are easier for chickens to digest than oatmeal, which means they’re a much better option than just regular oats alone.

Yes, chickens can eat oat seeds without any problems. In fact, the seeds are much healthier for them than actual oatmeal and can be mixed in with the rest of their feed to encourage a healthy diet.

Can Chickens Eat Oat Grass?

Wild oat grass

Chickens love to munch on grasses, although they definitely prefer traditional feed. They can eat oat grass occasionally and in moderation, but it’s not a top choice when it comes to feeding your chickens a specific diet every day.

Oat grass is rich in nutrients and can fill up your chickens’ tummies, saving you money on feed. But it’s still important to make sure that the grass is not treated with chemicals and that you’re also feeding them a complete, well-balanced diet that consists of more than just oat grass alone.

Can Chickens Eat Oat Groats?

Hand scooping up oat groats

Oat groats consist of the whole seed without the husk removed and are often fed to livestock like horses, goats, and cattle. While they’re high in nutrients, chickens may have a much more difficult time digesting oat groats, and they may cause stomach upset.

In general, chickens may eat oat groats, but regular oats or oat seeds are a better choice for poultry. The oat groats may swell up in the bird’s stomach, causing discomfort and possible illness. You can feed chickens oat groats in very small amounts, but they’re not the best option overall.

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Can Chickens Eat Oat Bran?

Close up of oat bran

Oat bran is very high in fiber, but it doesn’t provide many nutritional benefits to chickens. Yes, you may feed your chicken oat bran, but it’s certainly not the best option available and should not be their main food source by any means.

Oat bran may be fed to chicken as an occasional treat, but nothing more. The high fiber content lacks other vital nutrients that can be found in oats and oatmeal. Chickens may also have a tough time picking up oat bran due to its tiny size and fine granular composition.

Can Chicken Eat Cooked Oatmeal?

White bowl of cooked oatmeal

Cooked oatmeal doesn’t have as many nutrients as raw oats, but you can still feed it to chickens as a very rare treat. It will fill up their stomachs faster than traditional feed but should never be part of your chicken’s main diet.

Never feed a chicken any cooked oatmeal made with milk. Dairy products can be extremely harmful to birds and should be avoided. If you feed your chicken cooked oatmeal, make it with water and only feed it to the birds in small amounts, and only every once in a rare while.

Can Chickens Eat Oatmeal Cookies?

Oatmeal cookies on kitchen counter

While chickens can’t eat processed or pre-packaged oatmeal cookies made for humans, you can make your own “cookies” for them as a treat. 

No, chickens cannot eat oatmeal cookies, especially if they’re pre-packaged and full of sugar. You should never give your chickens or any other animal processed foods that are meant only for humans.

To make your own oatmeal cookies for your chickens, mix raw oats with some coconut oil, whole wheat germ, and raisins and form them into a cookie shape. It’s a fun treat that your chicken will love, and it’s packed with healthy nutrients, too.

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Can Chickens Eat Dry Oatmeal?

Measuring cup full of dry oatmeal

Soaking dry oatmeal in water is a better way to feed this type of oatmeal to your flock and it can be given to chickens as a treat. 

Yes, chickens can eat dry oatmeal, although it may be difficult to digest. It’s best to soak dry oatmeal in water until it softens so that it’s easier for chickens to eat and pass through their digestive system.

Dry, unprocessed oatmeal is rich in healthy vitamins and minerals and contains a good amount of protein. Remember to only give chickens dry oatmeal on occasion rather than every day.

Can Chickens Eat Instant Oats?

Wood bowl of instant oats

Chickens can eat instant oats as long as they’re not a flavored variety. Only give your chickens instant oats that are unflavored and that contain no added sugar or artificial flavors and preservatives.

When you feed instant oats to your chickens, prepare them by following the package instructions for a warm, soft, healthy treat. Don’t give your chickens dry instant oats unless you mix them with other food. Wet, warm instant oats are easier for chickens and other poultry to digest.

Can Chickens Eat Quaker Oatmeal?

Wood bowl of cooked oatmeal

Chickens can eat some versions of Quaker Oatmeal, like the brand’s plain raw and plain instant or “quick” oats, but flavored oatmeal varieties should be avoided if possible. If you want to add some flavor to the Quaker Oatmeal, you can mix in fresh berries or a few sliced bananas for more nutrition.

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The answer to this question depends on what type of Quaker Oatmeal you’re feeding your chickens.

Can Chickens Eat Raw Oatmeal?

Bowl of raw oatmeal

If you’re feeding chickens raw oatmeal, soak it in a bit of water first. The raw oats alone can be quite difficult for most chickens to digest fully. When you soak the raw oatmeal in water, it also helps to hydrate your chickens and they’ll also feel fuller for longer.

Yes, chickens can eat raw oatmeal. In fact, raw oats or raw oatmeal have the highest nutritional content.

Can Baby Chickens Eat Oats?

Baby chickens on dirt ground

Just like your adult chickens, baby chickens should only eat oats as an occasional treat. 

Yes, baby chickens can eat oats. Serve the oats to your baby chickens mixed with plain yogurt and some birdseed to provide them with more nutrients.

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It’s best to serve oats to baby chicken warm and soaked in water along with other ingredients for a complete, nutritionally balanced diet that will help them grow healthy and strong.