can I feed them this corn?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by frankenchick, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    I found a pile of corn that had apparently fallen from a truck going to the elevator. I scooped up some and took it home, drying it in the oven after making pies for T'giving.

    Can I feed this to the girls? Do I need to smash it first? Should I offer it free choice, or mix with food, or what?

  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Make sure you crack (crush) it first! Chickens can't digest whole corn kernals. I'd give it sparringly as a treat. [​IMG]
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    You don't have to crack it. I've fed whole corn to my chickens for years. I go out in our corn fields and gather up the ears that we missed when combining the corn. I just throw a couple of ears into their pen in the late afternoon as a treat when it's cold out.
  4. FryedChikenNGravy

    FryedChikenNGravy New Egg

    Apr 30, 2007
    To say chickens can't digest whole corn is "out there". Some chickens do experience problems when eating it because it is larger but they can eat it and will eat it very well.
    I'd give it in small quantities as well. They don't need a lot of it.
  5. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Chickens that haven't been outside or given grit will have a hard time digesting it whole. Chickens that free range or are given grit have pieces lodged in their crops for grinding and will be fine with whole corn. Grit is not necessary for chickens fed mash diets...
  6. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

    May 17, 2007
    Make sure it isn't seed corn that has been treated with a fungicide.

  7. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    i think it's cool you found free corn. enjoy!

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