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Dose cracked corn keep chickens warm

Poll Results: Will cracked corn keep chickens warm

 
  • 40% (2)
    Yes
  • 60% (3)
    No
5 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
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I'm new too chicken farming this is my first winter and I have decided not too heat my coop for they are wild animals but will cracked corn help keep them warm?? I have read some that say yes and some that say no I have them on a store bought later feed of crumbles of there main source of food but I want too know if cracked corn at night would help them stay warmer I have Whyndottes and Easter eggers witch I have read are both a winter hardy bird
post #2 of 5
Glad you aren't using heat, healthy chickens don't require it. The idea behind corn is it is a slower digestible food compare to rations and the act of digestion produces some internal heat throughout the night, not sure if it's been proven or not, but must be something to it for it to be around for so long. I also think it adds some carbohydrates to their diet which is quick energy compared to protein. I prefer whole corn, my chickens go nuts for it. Plus the action of digging around for scratch gets chickens moving which warms them up too. I mix mine with black oil sunflower seeds for some extra fats as well during winter.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 5

Corn is a quick energy source that burns off quickly.

Your best off cutting corn back in the winter and feed a little higher protein feed. Protein is harder to digest than corn and takes longer to digest in turn it "heats" the bird up. 

 

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"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #4 of 5

I would think that whole corn would keep chickens warmer. It is going to have more fat than cracked corn, therefore more calories ect. to keep a chicken warm.

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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by chixcoop View Post
 

I would think that whole corn would keep chickens warmer. It is going to have more fat than cracked corn, therefore more calories ect. to keep a chicken warm.

Cracked corn doesn't magically lose nutrients compared to whole kernels.  


 

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