Crushed Corn Cob for Litter?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chicken Boo, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    I was given my first chickens last year. They were 3 and 4 years old. The person I got them from used crushed corn cob for the litter in the hen house. I continued this practice with no problems. It absorbs the droppings quite well. It cleans up easily when I clean the hen house. It composts really well. I notice that no one has mentioned using crushed corn cob on this list since I signed up. Is there any reason for me to change this practice?
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Too expensive to purchase here....
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I've heard it works well, all I know about it [​IMG]
  4. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    Does anybody else have an opinion, bit of information, advice, on this subject? I am cleaning out the hen house this weekend.

  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    It is not economical to use in my barn (over 125ft long). Any corn, stalks or cobs to be used for liter from any of the farms that grow corn - everything they have extra is for silage for feeding cows.
  6. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Crushed cobs works, I've used them in brooders. Pine shavings are so much cheaper though in bulk. Another problem with the cobs is they are impossible to pick up with a pitchfork. [​IMG]
  7. Bird Hearder

    Bird Hearder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2008
    Salisbury, Md.
    My DW uses it in the bird cage, But it gets real costly. Retail is about $6.99 for 5-10lbs can't remember exactly at the pet store. Our daughter was working for a kennel and was able to get it at cost $20 for 50lb bag.
    I'm pretty sure thats what they use here in all the production Chicken houses, But corn is everywhere for feed.
  8. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    Thanks for the input!!!!
  9. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    Quote:Now, I need to note, I have read and heard that the litter, if ingested could be deadly. Not just from impacted crop or digestive issues, but because it DOES mold quickly, and anything ingested could harbor mold or parasites. So yes, I have used it, but the birds dont seem to eat it at all. Now chickens , on the other hand, would probably be another story, because they Do forage and peck alot.
    You just have to be aware that besides the expense, there could be other down sides to it also.

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