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Regina Terrae posting in Frugal Celiacs
User: frugal_celiacs (posted by reginaterrae)
Date: 2009-05-29 07:38
Subject: Question on animal feeds
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Hi, all.  I'm new here -- and not yet tested for celiac, so I haven't stopped eating gluten yet, either, until I can get tested.  But I suspect it, so I'm trying to learn what I can about it in the meantime.  I have a question for you folks, I hope someone here can answer.

I keep chickens in my back yard.  Their feed contains wheat.  It's dusty, I always end up with dusty hands and dust on my clothes after I fill the feeders.  This is organic mash grown and mixed by a local farmer.  I could buy pelleted feed, not organic, with God only knows what binders (the last bag of pellets I bought had an odd smell).  I like using the fresh organic stuff, but I'm not trying to be certified organic or anything, so if getting the dust all over me is going to do me harm I'm willing to get the pellets and wear gloves when I fill the feeders.  The pellets are cheaper, too, of course.

I suppose I could mix my own wheat-free feed, but that seems maybe unnecessarily complicated, for now at least, and anyway -- just because I can't eat gluten doesn't mean they can't.  (I'm assuming that eating the occasional wheat-fed chicken is harmless, LOL -- I am what I eat, but am I what what I eat eats?).

What do you think?  Do any of you keep livestock? 
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User: crazypumpkin
Date: 2009-05-29 14:28 (UTC)
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My understanding is that the organisms you eat, what they eat isn't really important gluten free wise. However, handling dusty feed, if you are celiac, may cause you some problems. It's along the same lines of me wondering whats in the kitty litter dust when I refill their pans and get a face full of dust. And why I don't use Swheat Scoop. A face full of wheaty dust doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
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User: mankycat
Date: 2009-05-29 15:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't keep livestock, but I do have a number of pets. Our cats eat gluten free cat food because one of them had trouble with cat food that contained gluten (and the crumbs got everywhere which I didn't like given our own intolerances and allergies).

From what I understand, the gluten the cow/chicken/goat/etc eats doesn't necessarily affect you. I'm not sure there's real health benefits to chickens eating wheat. Are there?
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Regina Terrae
User: reginaterrae
Date: 2009-05-29 16:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not wheat, specifically, but they do have to have grains.
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