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can chickens eat corn off the husk? ( uncooked )

post #1 of 12
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I went and bought corn yesterday and was wondering if the chickens can eat it off the husks? If so do I hang it or what? Thanks

post #2 of 12

Do you mean off the cob?  Either way they can eat it just fine if you toss some ears in to them.

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post #3 of 12

i have done that before, they love it!! it is a nice treat and will keep them entertained big_smile

post #4 of 12

Mine won't eat it off the cob...they just peck at it a few times and walk away.  Of course they're happy to gobble it down if I cut the kernels off with a knife.  Spoiled, lazy birds!  tongue

post #5 of 12

Mine eat every piece of corn they can possibly get off the cob. It is picked clean after a few minutes with them. I give them the cobs after eating most of the corn off, since there is stuff there beaks can get that my teeth can't! Then again, I always buy a few just for the chooks when buying sweetcorn for dinner.

Since I eat sweetcorn raw with nothing added (don't knock it 'til you try it!), the chooks get it raw off the cob like me.

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post #6 of 12

Mine love it.

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post #7 of 12

Ours do. DH picks an ear every so often to see the progress. Some are pretty soft and some are starting to dent but the chicks eat them all.

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post #8 of 12

Mine go nuts for it!  I break it in half so they cant fight over it so much

post #9 of 12

Mine peck the cob clean! It's a great treat and with all the corn fields around it's free 'til harvested! Anyway back to the subject i've found also that what is not at first eaten usually is eaten later.


Edited by gratch73a - 9/30/12 at 12:19pm
post #10 of 12

Mine love for me to hang it. Not only do they get a treat, they also have fun....

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