Chickens Eating Corn Only

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by grauerholzfarm, May 23, 2011.

  1. grauerholzfarm

    grauerholzfarm Out Of The Brooder

    I have a flock of 75 chickens... ( It's my first time... My husband wanted 400 so I'm lucky I could talk him into only 75) I go out and check to see what they have eaten every night... For the past couple of weeks.... I have noticed that all they have eaten was the Shelled Corn in the feed leaving most of the meal behind... Has anyone else had this problem and if so how did you fix it.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Corn is candy to chickens. Like children, you have to give the meal first and the treat in moderation. Commercial feeds have it ground up enough that it is not recognizable. Sounds like you are having someone prepare your feed? Perhaps they can adjust how it is prepared.
  3. grauerholzfarm

    grauerholzfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Yes, The feedmill at the local coop is making it right now... It's like $10 for a 50 lb bag... We live on a Hog Farm so we have our own feedmill so we working on a formula for a little hens... I will have the corn smashed a little more...
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    My birds target corn, whole or cracked, as an energy source. If forage supplying lots of insects and seeds, then corn (especially whole) not so interesting.

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