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can i feed my chickens whole corn????

post #1 of 14
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I need to know if i can feed my chickens whole dry field corn???? Are they able to digest it???? 
My husband came home with a bunch of dry field corn from the railroad tracks that a railcar dumped on the ground.
It's clean.

8 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, 16 grandchildren, 2 dogs, 1 anti-social cat, 7 biddies, 24 layers in training and a very, very patient husband, who loves his chicken crazy wife.
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8 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, 16 grandchildren, 2 dogs, 1 anti-social cat, 7 biddies, 24 layers in training and a very, very patient husband, who loves his chicken crazy wife.
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post #2 of 14

yes....they need grit or access to dirt and rocks and such

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post #3 of 14

You can but don't feed them corn exclusively.  It should be an extra; treat or supplement.

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You might not be able to keep a bird from landing on your head but you can keep it from building a nest.

"My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes."
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post #4 of 14

My grandmother used to free range her chickens all day and in the evening she would break the kernels off of a couple of ears of corn and throw it out in the area around the chicken house to call the chickens up so she could close them up for the night.  I never saw her feed them anything else except the occasional vegetable/fruit peels when there were no hogs to feed.  She always had eggs (only picked up what she needed) and chickens to butcher for Sunday dinner.  I think some people go overboard in what they think chickens have to have!  IMHO

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post #5 of 14

I wish trains dropped chicken feed past my place! gig

i have no access to the stuff you guys call "scratch" where I am, so I buy large wild bird seed. It has the odd whole corn kernel in it. One of my chickens has quite a fondness of them, doesn't seem to harm her. Mind you she'd only get 4 or 5 kernels a day, at a guess.

post #6 of 14

As a supplement or treat, sure.  Not as a sole food.

My birds go through about four hundred pounds of it a month.

.....Alan.

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post #7 of 14

If they have problems eating the dried whole corn you can soak it in a 5 gallon bucket of water over night and then give them some.

post #8 of 14

Yes! I live about 1/4 mile from 2 feed mills and I go over in the evenings and get the fresh milled corn and grain that has overflowed from the trucks. It REALLY cuts down on my feed bill!

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Wife to a wonderful chicken tolerant husband, mommy to a 4 year old princess and a brand new baby girl, owner of too many dogs, one mean bunny, lots of guineas, and not enough chickens!
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by txchickie 

Yes! I live about 1/4 mile from 2 feed mills and I go over in the evenings and get the fresh milled corn and grain that has overflowed from the trucks. It REALLY cuts down on my feed bill!


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post #10 of 14
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thanks sooooo much for answering my question  thanks again:D

8 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, 16 grandchildren, 2 dogs, 1 anti-social cat, 7 biddies, 24 layers in training and a very, very patient husband, who loves his chicken crazy wife.
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8 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, 16 grandchildren, 2 dogs, 1 anti-social cat, 7 biddies, 24 layers in training and a very, very patient husband, who loves his chicken crazy wife.
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