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Corn Grits

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Heritage Farmstead, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Heritage Farmstead

    Heritage Farmstead Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2009
    Western NY
    I was given 3 bags of corn grits that you'd use for human consumption, for my chickens.... anyone ever mixed this with crumble or used it as scratch or....???? Any ideas? Should I use it or no?

  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    You probably could mix it with some warmed buttermilk, milk or water and then combine it with the crumbles. We did something similar for our flock when winter got nasty. You want to make sure it isn't too wet.

    I'm not sure how it would work as part of a mixed scratch, as grits is not usually a very large grain, but you could try adding a small amount to see how your flock reacts to it.

    I think you could also make this, substituting grits for cornmeal.

    Egg Bread for Chickens
    10 egg yolks or whole eggs
    1 cup cornmeal
    1 cup oatmeal
    1/4c wheat germ

    Mix with enough water to make a batter. Bake at 300°F for about 1 hour.

    Have fun and experiment.....
  3. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Seems wasteful to me to feed grits to chickens.

    I'd rather have grits with my morning eggs than those darned ole "hashbrowns"!

    If'n I've got ham, I can use some coffee to make "red-eye gravy".
    Hmm...gettin' hongry!

  4. Heritage Farmstead

    Heritage Farmstead Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2009
    Western NY
    I hear ya ... but I'm not fond of grits myself. I'd rather have oatmeal [​IMG]
  5. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heritage Farmstead (New York) [​IMG]

    Contrary to the prevailing "conventional wisdom" of those with "Yankee Heritage", grits is NOT generally considered to be a "cereal" such as oatmeal. Rather, "Down South", it is considered a Breakfast Staple to be compared more closely with potatoes or fried cornmeal or biscuits, sorta. Not REALLY thought of as a "cereal". [​IMG]

    Ha-Ha! [​IMG]
    (all in FUN! and truth...)
    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  6. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    ALSO, with breakfast "Down South", the "consistency" of grits is not served watery, but rather more like a thick mush that holds its shape sorta and doesn't "flow". Condiments used with grits are generally salt and pepper and butter. Also "red-eye gravy" which is made by mixing coffee with the grease left from frying ham. The use of SUGAR on grits is generally considered "bad-form" and a reflection of poor taste. [​IMG]

    Ha-Ha! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. SusanH

    SusanH Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    upstate SC
    Your last two posts are exactly correct. No self-respecting Southerner would think of putting sugar in their grits OR their cornbread! [​IMG]
  8. Heritage Farmstead

    Heritage Farmstead Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2009
    Western NY
    Holy ick.... "red-eye" gravy sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen [​IMG]
  9. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Heritage Farmstead,

    MAYBE "red-eye gravy" IS a heart-attack waiting to happen...I've had a few o' them heart things.. But, thanks to grits, have survived them all. Ha-Ha! [​IMG]

    Actually, "unvented stress" and lack of exercise (physical work) are probably the greatest contributors to heart-disease.

    Diet.....for an active and "happy" person probably has little detrimental effect, contrary to "conventional wisdom".

    Physical Activity (reasonable) and a good attitude and a willingness to "let irritants go......" is the best way to avoid heart disease.

    Food isn't the problem...if you get enough exercise to "burn it off"!

    Sedentary Life will Kill! [​IMG]

    jest lazy ole me....guess I'll go get a cold one........[​IMG]
    (burp), [​IMG]
    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    When my DH makes too many for himself, he spreads what is left in a pan, then when it cools and becomes almost solid, we cut it up and feed it to the chickens. They're Southern chickens so they really love grits!

    ***and grits are made to put salt and butter and/ or redeye gravy on! DH fries soft eggs then mixed them in with his grits.

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