I’m often asked if it’s okay to feed chickens rolled oats (the kind you buy for horses,) and the answer is yes. In fact, I recommend it! Oats are a good carbohydrate source, aren’t a hot feed, and aid in feather growth during the molting season.
How I Feed my Free Roaming Hens
Rolled oats are rich in protein and essential fatty acids, add some greens and hard-boiled eggs and you have an excellent chicken feed. I supplement with kitchen scraps when available and offer layer pellets for at least an hour or so in the morning and early evening.
To minimize waste, you can cover the lay pellets with a trash container in between feedings. It’s not our job to feed the wild birds!
Keep a covered bowl in the refrigerator just for chicken scraps, it fills up fast making a very nice meal for your birds. Chickens do very well on a varied diet, you can be penny-wise and still have healthy happy chickens.