Anyone feeding chickens without any corn?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AGinPA, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. AGinPA

    AGinPA In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2008
    I know it's a long shot but are any of you feeding your chickens without using corn? My son is extremely allergic to corn, can't even be around it. So I'm working on formulating our own feed for our soon-to-be-purchased chicks. I've found lots of "recipes" that don't use corn (mostly "old-fashioned" ones, back when corn wasn't in every single thing) but I thought I'd see if anyone else is doing this. It's a bit overwhelming for a newbie to chickens.

  2. thisnthatfarm

    thisnthatfarm Hatching

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bellville, Ohio
    We actually feed no corn at all to our older chickens. They are completely pasture fed except in the winter months when they would have difficulty in doing so. Our hens still lay 3-6 eggs per day between the six of them without additional feed or suppliments and they are extremely healthy as far as I am concerned.

    Babies however I do feed the medicated feeds to until they are close to 20 weeks old.
  3. AGinPA

    AGinPA In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2008
    Wow, that's really great, not having to feed them at all for much of the year. Sure would be simpler and cheaper! We'd love to have enough land to let them free range but we're just in the suburbs (with lots of cats around.) So they'll be in a chicken tractor on a new spot each day.
  4. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    Quote:What I've discovered is that once the chickens are full size, the cats don't really bother them...especially if you have a rooster. most suburban cats should be well fed enough not to try anything too tough with the hens, but dogs are a different story [​IMG]

    My hens were in a tractor and MY dogs tore it apart one day just to chase the chickens. They had plenty of food, I guess they were just bored and wondering what these chickens would do if they could run & play...unfortunately, the dog was faster than the chicks. We've since rehomed the dog and she's MUCH happier now (as am I)

    (edited to add story about my dog)
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2008
  5. jdypat

    jdypat Songster

    Quote:did i read that right? you feed nothing to the free rangers except in winter? I dont change my feeding program for different months. I have 18 hens who have 13 acres to roam, pasture land. and i feed one gallon of laying mash and half gallon of crushed corn daily. is this too much in the summer, they seem starved each morning and the rooster is watching for me and yelling his head off each morning. judy
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    the amount your feeding them is fine.they are trained to getting fed in the morning so they watch for you to feed emm.
  7. doodledo

    doodledo Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    I have been kicking this around. The local farm is organic and they only grow oats and wheat. No corn. With the price of feed going up I thought about making my own. I am waiting on a price for Fertrell nutrients. But they recommend to use soy beans and some other stuff that I wasnt planning or wanting to use. Any one use their product w/o corn?
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Well, I'm sure giving it some serious consideration with summer temps in the high 9O's around here!!! Finding layer feed w/o it seems well nigh impossible locally though. Closest feed store to me only carries Purina Layena & I'm not overwhelmingly happy with it. . . .
  9. AGinPA

    AGinPA In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2008
    Joanna - Unfortunately we've got feral cats around. I'm pretty sure they'd go after chickens, given the chance. Our backyard is fenced so dogs can't get in but it's hard to keep the cats out.

    Good to hear that others are considering going corn-free. I'd be interested to hear how you go about it.
  10. Hamletchick

    Hamletchick In the Brooder

    Thanks for the interesting info regarding "old fashioned feeds" that don't include corn. I am considering making my own because even the no corn no soy feeds contain fish. I believe most of our fish are contaminated. I happen to enjoy fallout from fukashima.

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