Did my chicks OD on corn?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mingming, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Mingming

    Mingming Chirping

    Feb 15, 2012
    So last year for the first time I successfully grew my own ears of corn, which I promptly froze. Getting 3 week old chicks a couple weeks ago seemed like a great match for the corn left in the freezer that we hadn't eaten yet. So I've been warming an ear for them every couple days and cutting it off the cob - which they love! Yesterday I warmed the corn and broke it in half and let them have it and play with it while they were eating it. Like a treat and a toy .... but they ate it to bits, and now today they've got sort of watery poo... is that just a reaction to too much corn and cob? Will they be OK if I lay off the treats for a few days? Of course, now anytime I go near the brooder, they run to me like kids with the ice cream truck [​IMG]

  2. tyjaco

    tyjaco Songster

    May 4, 2010
    Cloverdale, CA
    it's probably from the corn. They do love it, don't they?!?!
    Maybe keep them on their chick food (only) for a few hours today and see if the poops firms up at all.
    I wouldn't worry too much, but you don't want them to dehydrate, and they do need the nutrients in the chick food.

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