Can ducks really eat whole corn kernels?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lilyduck, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. lilyduck

    lilyduck Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2010
    Hi there -

    I have some dried whole corn (still on the cob) that I grew in the garden last year. It's a flour corn variety so the kernels are big and tough.

    The storey's duck book says that you can give ducks cobs of corn (broken in two) and that the ducks will shell it themselves and eat it. I just have a hard time believing that ducks can digest those big tough kernels. Cracked corn I could believe, but whole dried corn? Really? Does anyone else feed their ducks whole corn?

    My ducks get a balanced duck feed as well, the corn would just be for treats.

  2. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I tried... they eat it, but don't seem to like it... my ducks always picked out everything else and refused to eat the whole kernel
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine love it...and it's field corn so the kernels are really big.
  4. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    ares wont eat whole field corn either
  5. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Mine love corn but I have never given them a dried cob.

    I have given them ends of fresh corn cob , cut before I cook it, or they get left overs from frozen or canned corn.
  6. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    Don't feed them too much corn. I heard too much of it is bad for their livers or something like that? [​IMG]
  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:You heard WRONG look at the ingredient label of most prepared feeds and the Corn is there.
    I have fed Flint corn (big flat kernnels)to ducks only to find it in their droppings almost unchanged I have had people tell me the same thing about un-popped pop corn but I never had any and didn't try that.
  8. skunkmilk

    skunkmilk New Egg

    Oct 4, 2012
    Iv been feeding my 6 ducks 2.5 gallons ( half a home depot bucket)
    Every 3 days for over a month and they **** like babys and they love it
    When they see me comming they start whistling if i grind it they will NOT eat it
    It is out of the feild still on the stalks maybe when its real dry they wont eat it but its dry enuff
    For me and my kids to shuck

    Mark cogley

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