Thank you.. yes... you are probably very right!! They are ready to get to the coop. And hopefully that will happen tomorrow. They can have unpopped popcorn?? Is that really something they'd enjoy?? LOL Seems rather bland to me.
In commercial chicken operations the size of the grit is very important because the grit that is mixed in the chickens' food is then fed by automatic feeders. This grit helps keep the automatic feeders free flowing and it somewhat scowers stuck food out of the feeders. Grit is normally sold in 3 sizes, chick, hen, and turkey. Chick grit will work well for hens. My chicks get their first grit before they even see a speck of chick mash. About a teaspoon full poured out on a foot square piece of cardboard will suffice say for up to 36 biddies. A little later I add one or more mashed up hard boiled egg mixed with some dry old fashion oat meal to the same square of cardboard. Chicks should not be fed for the first 72 hours. This should be a quite rest time so that the new peeps can absorb the remaining part of the yoke sack instead of dragging it around behind them through all the filth involved with a chicken house, coop, or pen.
Popcorn after all is corn. It has a very tough and hard shell so it is digested slower than mash or cracked corn. That doesn't mean however that a hen won't be proud of every kernel she finds. A good alternative is Argentine Flint Corn. There again only fed it in the wholegrain form. The only thing that I recommend feeding cracked corn to is a cow. If you have a cow foraging with your chickens add a pint of whole shelled corn to your cow's daily ration. It will pass through 'Old Bossy' completely un-digested, but the multiple stomachs of a bovine will add much to the already high regard that chickens hold for shelled corn. When you give a few eggs to that snooty neighbor don't tell her your secret when she says that your home grown eggs taste better than her's." src="http://files.backyardchickens.com/img/smilies/tongue.png" />
Edited by chickengeorgeto - 4/24/16 at 12:54pm