I've never fed these, but have read all over of other people doing it. My neighbors had been going through a rough time the last few month, gee me too. They planted corn all around three sides of their fence line. They were just out dugging up the last of the yard after using a cutting down the stalks, so I asked what they were doing with them and they'll be hauling them away. I asked if I could have a few, but now I have some questions of anyone who has used them, Can I dry them out and save them to be used during the winter? Are they alright in a dried state(that part has never been mentioned. Are dry leaves OK for them? If they can be saved and used for a while, I was thinking I could cut them up and dry them and put them in feed bags to be used as needed. Anybody??? Also can they be used for chickens? There's no corn left, just the plants.