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I was in a local feed wholesale store not long ago when a guy was on the phone trying to find large bags of popcorn. When he got off the phone and realized I was listening in he explained that a Cuban man had come in and wanted the popcorn to feed to his "sporting birds." I'm pretty sure what he meant but I just didn't see the logic in the popcorn. I was wondering if anyone might know the difference between standard corn and popcorn as a feed?

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No idea, but that's interesting.

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My bag of Jiffy Pop is 12% protein.  Don't know what regular corn is.  I thought they used popcorn in pigeon mixes, because it is smaller than regular dent corn.  Hence the reason they call it "small corn" mixes!  Don't know for sure, but my bantams love popcorn.

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I feed my flock popcorn as a treat. I pop it first in a hot air popper. No salt, no butter, just plain. They love it and it's fun to watch them eat it. I never thought of giving it to them un-popped (that's not as much fun), and not sure if it's better then regular corn idunno

It started with one dog. A Golden Retriever.  Now we have six Golden's and Popcorn is our pride and joy. Next, we got chickens, then bunnies. Now we have a crazy number of chickens that is growing by the day and includes Heritage RIR'S, Delawares and BBS Orps.
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It started with one dog. A Golden Retriever.  Now we have six Golden's and Popcorn is our pride and joy. Next, we got chickens, then bunnies. Now we have a crazy number of chickens that is growing by the day and includes Heritage RIR'S, Delawares and BBS Orps.
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Popcorn - Protein            - 12.1
                Carbohydrates - 69.7
                Fiber                - 2
                Fat                   - 5.2

Corn
(Maze) - Protein             - 8.9
              Carbohydrates - 68.9
              Fiber                 - 2
              Fat                    - 3.9

You can feed it unpopped.. They use popcorn in pigeon feed and a lot of people use the all grain pigeon feed as a scratch grain for chickens..

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My daughter always gives the hens her overcooked popcorn.  They love it.  So do wild turkeys!

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Boy am I glad to have found this thread!  We bought a 50 lb bag of popcorn a few weeks ago. (I don't know why?  It was SUCH a good deal!)  Anyway we have been talking about what we would do with it when it no longer pops up all nice and fluffy!  Now I know!  Chicken treats!

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Mine love white chedder popcorn, use it as a treat, they even know what the bag looks like.

 

 

  

 

 

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If they were to eat it whole would they still gain the nutritional value? Is this a stupid question? I've been thinking about this lately. More so for flax seed though tbh but popcorn, being incredibly dense seems like it would just sit in their belly.

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Originally Posted by ChookHappy 

If they were to eat it whole would they still gain the nutritional value? Is this a stupid question? I've been thinking about this lately. More so for flax seed though tbh but popcorn, being incredibly dense seems like it would just sit in their belly.


I was wondering the same thing hu

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