Can Cracked Corn go bad ?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by RiverKatt, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. RiverKatt

    RiverKatt Out Of The Brooder

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    Can Cracked Corn go bad ... our last bag got little black bugs and now the cracked corn is turning powdery, should we toss it, is it unsafe or unhealthy for the chickens to eat ... I've searched and searched but can't find any answers as to whether cracked corn can go bad, or become unhealthy... for the chickens ?

    Ooops , maybe I asked in the wrong place forum, not sure how things work here, my apologies if so !
     
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  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    The biggest risk would be mold which isn't always easy to see. I am not sure if the powdery stuff you mention is the dust that is at the bottom of the bag or mold. If it was exposed to any moisture or has been in high humidity of a couple of months I would toss it. the bugs are not necessarily dangerous. There were probably some bug eggs in the corn that hatched, but that does suggest that the corn might have been sitting around long enough to develop mold.
     
  3. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    It is not worth the risk, never let the corn get wet or damp
    I put it in a trash can with a tight or heave lid ...... But the
    bugs your chickens can eat .........
    And welcome to BYC and yes you are in the correct forum
    so please come back ..........

    gander007
     
  4. RiverKatt

    RiverKatt Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, think I got this reply thing figured out ... Thank You for your replies & Welcomes :)

    It's not gotten wet, we have little to no humidity, it's in a tight lidded garbage can, just since the bugs it's turning into what looks like Corn Starch - powdery & white, still half a bag, so not the bottom stuff tho it looks the same, all it had was the bugs, never had this happen before and wondered if cracked corn can go bad. You're right , I'll throw it away, but don't think I want to have to do that very often, especially if it's hard to know if it's bad or moldy, don't want any chickie's sickened !

    Take Care,
    Katt
     
  5. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it didn't get damp or wet I I don't think its bad. Cracked corn is always powdery.
     
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Here check this take some of it and rub it between the palms of
    your hands if it is dry this is good and if it is moist then you might
    want to feed it to the wild animals but don't put in in the garbage
    as even to compost would still be useable ............
    Some times corn will just get some dust in it this is part of the
    milling and storage process and you just might have gotten
    the bottom of the grain silo ...........
    The big thing here is we haven't any photos ...........

    gander007
     
  7. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a bag that was super powdery once. I thought it might be "bad" but the girls ate it up anyway. I usually let my chickens decide if something isn't good for them. They are good at knowing what they need and avoiding things that aren't good for them. Besides, what we see as bad they can find great... for example spoiled milk. Good luck!
     
  8. RiverKatt

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    Very Good everyone, you've all been so helpful , Thank You for all your helpful advice , replies & time, this was a just a new one on us about the cracked corn [​IMG]
    Take Care, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & New Year to You and Yours,
    River Katt
     

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