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Oat and Wheat Treats

By Alan Stanford, Ph.D.
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Here is our recipe for oat and wheat treats

1/2 coffee can
(1 pound 5 ounces)
Oatmeal -or- rolled oats
1/2 coffee can
(3 pounds 12 ounces)
Whole wheat
Granite grit
Crushed oyster shell
(Only for an adult laying flock)
1/2 to 3/4 cup
Wheat germ oil
2-4 teaspoons
Vita-Pro B
4 teaspoons
Probiotic Powder

  1. Soak the wheat for 12-24 hours in hot water. It begins to sprout and softens.
  2. Rinse the wheat.
  3. Mix the oats and the wheat germ oil in a bowl. The oats absorb the oil so Silkie beards stay clean. Glenda Heywood says do not use the two kinds of oil together.
  4. Add the vitamin powder.
  5. Sprinkle a layer of granite grit on top of the mixture.
  6. If this is for adult layers, sprinkle a layer of crushed oyster shell on top of the mixture.
  7. Add the lactobacillus.
  8. Mix.
  9. Add whole wheat.
  10. Mix.
  11. Fight off the flock as you dole out the treats. I fill the feed troughs about 1/3 to 1/2 full.

Special For Soft Egg Layers

If a group of birds has a hen laying soft shelled eggs do the following twice in 3 days.

  1. Follow the above directions but do not add the wheat.
  2. Separate enough mixture to half fill one of the feed troughs.
  3. Add two teaspoons Nekton MSA to the mixture.
  4. Mix.
  5. If you see Nekton MSA powder in the bottom of the bowl, add wheat germ oil until the powder sticks to the oats.
  6. Add whole wheat until you have enough to fill a feed trough.
  7. Divide into two feed troughs so all the birds can feed at once.
  8. Stand back and watch your little buddies eat.

I get my probiltic and Vita-Pro B at First State Veterinary Supply. 410-546-6137
    Links to the product pages: Probiotic Compound, Vita-Pro-B Concentrate

I get Rex Brand Wheat Germ Oil at Jeffers. 800-533-3377
    Link to the product page Rex Fortified 100% Wheat Germ Oil.

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