corn and their body temp

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by katssmilin, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. katssmilin

    katssmilin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I've read many posts that say not to feed cracked corn in the summer because it raises the chickens body temp. My question is does this pertain to all corn or just the cracked corn? My chickens love it when I open a can of corn and drain it then scatter it in their run. I've been thinking of trying the cream style corn one of these days but figured I better hold off till I find out if this is ok. Also I have read that people give their chickens oatmeal as a treat. is this cooked oatmeal or just the dry flakes? Thanks in advance for all your help!
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    Hmm, I haven't heard anything about corn before, but I also like to give mine the oatmeal as a treat. They don't really like the dry oats, so I spray it once with the hose just enough to dampen it slightly, then they chow down.

    Should be interesting to hear about the corn raising their body temp., I have not heard that before but it's very hot here so I'd be interested in finding out too.
  3. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2011
    Laurens SC
    all corn creates body heat.. its the high sugars changing over .. in all animals not just chickens,,. I am giving my the scratch grains that is a mix of all kinds including corn,,,, but it is just a goodie additive .. if they are doing well with the heat keep feeding them their goodie if you notice any of them having a problem cut back.. no biggie,,,

  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I give my chickens oats, both cooked and dry. Usually dry, as I don't cook oats for myself often.

    About the corn raising body temp. I think it is an old wives tale. All food has calories and calories are measurement of heat. I have never seen or heard anything that corn uses a different metabolic system or is metabolized differently than other food. But if it worries you do not give them corn. It's not a particularly healthy food anyways.

  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Corn Will Not raise there body temperature!

  6. Stoney22

    Stoney22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    new hampshire
    ive never heard anything specifically about corn, but i have heard that you should feed tem less in the heat because of the cemical breakdown of the food which causes body heat. i dont think its persay the corn, but food in general. just watch them.
  7. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps


    This is an old wives talke that continues to be perpetuated here.

  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Corn will NOT raise body temp. There is a nice long thread here by mac in abilene dedicated to that subject with studies cited, if I recall correctly. It's one of those myths that just keeps being repeated.
  9. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Its true! If you feed them corn they will heat up so much they will burst into flames! It happened to one of my poor darlings.


    Actually, I feed corn to my chickens every single day of the year, and I have yet to have one combust. Its a major component of my scratch mix that I feed. It does NOT produce heat. Corn is high in digestible energy.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  10. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    There are some old wives tales that never go away. Corn making your birds hot is one of them.

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