Corn

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bacpacker, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. bacpacker

    bacpacker Out Of The Brooder

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    Being new to raising chickens I thought I should pose this question. I have been feeding by flock both crumbles and cracked corn. Can they have whole corn straight off the cob? I have grown and buch of hickory king corn for feed, but wasn't sure if it has to be cracked or not.
    Thanks for any advise.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Once they reach a decent size, it does not need to be cracked. Their gizzard can handle that chore as long as they have access to some kind of grit.
     
  3. bacpacker

    bacpacker Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks RR. They are about 20-23 weeks old and have started laying. I give them some grit and cruched oyster shell. I don't plan on starting with the corn until around Thanksgiving or so anyway. That'll put them around 30 weeks by then.
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    They are definitely old enough for corn cobs. Mine LOVE LOVE LOVE corn on the cob. This is my favourite treat for them. They also like when I pick the kernels off and throw in to them. It's funny watch them fight over one kernel. Mine are the same age as yours, with a few being around 3 months old and loving corn (and eating it) wonderfully!
     
  5. bacpacker

    bacpacker Out Of The Brooder

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    Very good. I had planned on running the cobs thru a old sheller I got off e-bay to cut down on storage space, but I will start pulling some cobs from the plants and get them started.
     

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