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        04-30-2009, 04:15 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I buy 15 ton at a time when I run out of what I raise myself. Not unusual for any grain to have some rat or mouse feces in it. If you buy commercial feed rest assured theres been some in it feed companies but 1000's of tons at a time and its rare a grain farm has no rodents
         
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        04-30-2009, 05:21 PM
      #12
    Trained
    While oats themselves are fine to feed if given appropriately, rat poo isn't. I know foals sometimes eat their own poo, and my rabbit eats his, but rats are dirty, often diseased, and there's a good chance they've been poisoned as well. Rats don't die easy so just because it's still alive doesn't mean the poison isn't in its system. I understand that my grain may have had it mixed in however long ago, but it's different to MAYBE have some, and FOR SURE having some.
         
        04-30-2009, 06:48 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Thanks everyone!!!! The place I bought it from wouldnt be selling the oats for animal feed if the rats have been poisoned. And yes, I agree, every grain factory is going to have rats and mice. Ill find out for sure if the rats were poisoned just to be safe but I doubt they have. If they havent been poisoned then im not going to worry about the poo at all. I know it gross to think about but animals are different. Concidering I know someone who feed the same stuff and his horses havent gotten sick then I don't think that there is anything wrong with it. I was mainly worrying about how crazy it would send them, if at all. I've always been told till just this year that they are the worst thing to feed a horse that is only lightly riden, out of work or a green horse! (cause I have one out of work horse, one that will only be ridden a couple times a week and 1 soon to be 2 green tbs) but I guess not, YAY!!!!!!!!

    I currently feed them pony pellets. The out of work one also gets copra and a calcium supliment. They all get one of them salt/mineral licks, would that be good enough to keep their vitamins and minerals up?

    Im thinking that I might slowly change their diet to the oats and bran, as well as the mineral lick. They will also be getting lucern chaff when there is no grass (winter will be setting in real soon :( lol).

    So if there was no grass, how much should I feed of the oats, bran and lucern chaff??
         
        05-01-2009, 12:15 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    I've heard of throwing the oats out in the paddock so that a) they eat it slowly over a period of time b) mimicks grazing c) keeps them occupied.
    I shall try to find the article...
         
        05-01-2009, 12:22 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    I read it in this article...
    The Naked Hoof - Why is natural feed better?

    Some points I agree with, others I don't.
         
        05-01-2009, 01:31 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Thanks for that article redhawk! But it wont benifit me at all. That is really for horses in a perfectly manicured paddock with only one type of grass. Our paddock is filled with all sorts of things :S LOL!!! Also, the chickens with eat alot of the oats and alot of it will get wasted. My horses get all sorts of grass, weed, flowers, bark, leaves etc etc... so yea. Thanks anyway
         

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