Oats—both grain and straw—are good winter food for pigs, horses, sheep, or rabbits. Oat straw is the most nutritious of the grass grain straws for feeding animals. Rabbits can eat oats in the hull very well, but chickens can't, preferring wheat or any ground grain—or hulled oats. Oats used to be important because they were the main grain fed to workhorses. Now the usual farmload puller eats gasoline instead of oats, and everybody's worrying about Middle Eastern politics instead of the weather.
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