can i feed my chickens whole corn????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by peapatch, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. peapatch

    peapatch Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    I need to know if i can feed my chickens whole dry field corn???? Are they able to digest it????
    My husband came home with a bunch of dry field corn from the railroad tracks that a railcar dumped on the ground.
    It's clean.
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    yes....they need grit or access to dirt and rocks and such
  3. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    You can but don't feed them corn exclusively. It should be an extra; treat or supplement.
  4. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    South Central Texas
    My grandmother used to free range her chickens all day and in the evening she would break the kernels off of a couple of ears of corn and throw it out in the area around the chicken house to call the chickens up so she could close them up for the night. I never saw her feed them anything else except the occasional vegetable/fruit peels when there were no hogs to feed. She always had eggs (only picked up what she needed) and chickens to butcher for Sunday dinner. I think some people go overboard in what they think chickens have to have! IMHO
  5. Keg

    Keg Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2010
    I wish trains dropped chicken feed past my place! [​IMG]

    i have no access to the stuff you guys call "scratch" where I am, so I buy large wild bird seed. It has the odd whole corn kernel in it. One of my chickens has quite a fondness of them, doesn't seem to harm her. Mind you she'd only get 4 or 5 kernels a day, at a guess.
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    As a supplement or treat, sure. Not as a sole food.

    My birds go through about four hundred pounds of it a month.

  7. Hambone

    Hambone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Union, KY
    If they have problems eating the dried whole corn you can soak it in a 5 gallon bucket of water over night and then give them some.
  8. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    Yes! I live about 1/4 mile from 2 feed mills and I go over in the evenings and get the fresh milled corn and grain that has overflowed from the trucks. It REALLY cuts down on my feed bill!
  9. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Quote:Lucky! [​IMG]
  10. peapatch

    peapatch Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    thanks sooooo much for answering my question thanks again:D

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