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can you feed "deer corn" to poultry?

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i have found 50 lb bags of "deer corn" for $8. this is much cheaper than scratch grains and whatnot, and i'd like to start feeding some corn to my flock to strech feed and keep them warm during winter months. is there any difference in deer corn or just regular corn??

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post #2 of 9

We feed it to our's with no problem. Alls it is, is whole kernel corn. Same thing
they have in chicken scratch. smile Be sure to provide grit!

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You are close to clean ground price, and more then 50lb bags of layer feed at big box stores like TSC and Big R or Purina. Ask what the half ton price is.

But to answer your question, sure, just watch for mold. They will eat some whole but more if it is cracked or ground/

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Icelandics,brought to Iceland by Vikings in the 9th century, winterhardy, freeranging, an ancient homestead breed that broods, a steady producer of white eggs.Very variable in color,  comb style  and feathering. Like Forest Gumps box of Chocolates, 'You never know what you are going to get". Heritage Homestead Chicken by 1,000 years of survival selection !
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I asked the same question a while back.  Here are some of the responses.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=407043

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post #5 of 9

Some of the deer corn contains Aflotoxin that can cause issues in your flock. It will say right on the bag if it does.


Edited by dragonlair - 11/16/11 at 1:29pm
I live in Central Maine on a small 1 acre "farm". I have a variety of hens, both standards and bantams. I just got a small incubator and want to start hatching some eggs!
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I live in Central Maine on a small 1 acre "farm". I have a variety of hens, both standards and bantams. I just got a small incubator and want to start hatching some eggs!
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post #6 of 9

Wouldn't do it.

 

 

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post #7 of 9

I ought a bag for my flock and they don't really like it.

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Kathy
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post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by ChickiKat 

I ought a bag for my flock and they don't really like it.


take a few handfuls and crack it.   It's easier for them to eat that way.

post #9 of 9

It might make them grow antlers

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