Originally Posted by chickengr
Originally Posted by OrganicFarmWife
Corn is a great fattener, but it has little nutritional value. I give mine some, increasing it in the winter, but they would do just fine without corn
70% of commercial feed is corn (at least where I live) corn has nutritional value but it is not enough. if chickens free range or even free roam in the run they find worms, bugs, greens, etc. as I live in hot climate I grow some vegetables for chickens too. their run looks like desert. but we have too many flies and mosquitoes and chickens eat them, I love them for that, lol.
Yes, corn actually does have a pretty decent nutritional value profile, especially for the price thus it's wide use as a feed base... But it's far from a balanced diet for a chicken on it's own, they have further nutritional needs that are simply not met by corn, or for that matter by any single grain...
This article is about corn feeding cows, but there are some very informative charts in the first few pages comparing corn to other grains, and at the end of they day it holds it's own nutritionally even if the not best of the best, especially on a cost factor...
https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ansci/beef/as1238.pdfEdited by MeepBeep - 4/28/16 at 9:01pm