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crack corn

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by IDIOT HUSBAND, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. IDIOT HUSBAND

    IDIOT HUSBAND Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR pullets are about 11 weeks old they are fully feathered and look healthy. My question is, When I was at the feed store I bought some crack corn to give to my girls from time to time. They love it is it that bad to give them that much? The rest of the time they eat grower/finisher, grit, and whatever else comes from the garden.
     
  2. the 412 chicks

    the 412 chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ya I get 535 pound of feed from a grainry and it has 300 pound of cracked corn in it so i dont see why a lil wont hurt them at all.
     
  3. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    cracked corn is basically scratch for most part...like chicken candy [​IMG]

    Yes they can have it and they will gorge if you let them lol
     
  4. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

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    We feed whole corn along with Purina layer pellets.
     
  5. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed quite a bit of cracked corn, along with free choice starter crumbles and all the free-ranging they can get [​IMG]
     
  6. d73

    d73 Out Of The Brooder

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    I use whole corn as a treat. I've read that cracked grain of any type losses a lot of nutrition.
     
  7. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I think it's ok for a treat, but for their diet to be nutritionally balanced it should consist of 90 - 95% from the appropriate feed (starter / grower or layer).
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They do love corn and it won't hurt them a bit.... bit it is not as high in protein as they need, and of course has no vitamins and other nutrients added, as regular feed does. It is great for a treat, though.
     
  9. Royal Blue

    Royal Blue Out Of The Brooder

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    Cracked corn is OK as a treat/scratch sometime, but you don't want to feed it all the time. As someone else here said.."IT IS CANDY" now, would you feed your children a bowl of MMs for every meal? They might like it, but it will stunt their growth. Chickens are the same when it comes to good food and water. Garbage in produces sickly birds.
     
  10. fowler_chick

    fowler_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i mix my own feed, i take a storage bin (walmart kind) add 1 50 pound bag of crumble, 30 pounds of cracked corn (and no it doesn't lose any nutients if whole or cracked) and a 20 pounds of milo in to the mix, they are also starting to get poly-vi-sol drops in there water every 3 days
     

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