Dose cracked corn keep chickens warm

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by boomercide, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. Yes

    2 vote(s)
  2. No

    3 vote(s)
  1. boomercide

    boomercide Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2015
    Chatham ny
    I'm new too chicken farming this is my first winter and I have decided not too heat my coop for they are wild animals but will cracked corn help keep them warm?? I have read some that say yes and some that say no I have them on a store bought later feed of crumbles of there main source of food but I want too know if cracked corn at night would help them stay warmer I have Whyndottes and Easter eggers witch I have read are both a winter hardy bird
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Glad you aren't using heat, healthy chickens don't require it. The idea behind corn is it is a slower digestible food compare to rations and the act of digestion produces some internal heat throughout the night, not sure if it's been proven or not, but must be something to it for it to be around for so long. I also think it adds some carbohydrates to their diet which is quick energy compared to protein. I prefer whole corn, my chickens go nuts for it. Plus the action of digging around for scratch gets chickens moving which warms them up too. I mix mine with black oil sunflower seeds for some extra fats as well during winter.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Corn is a quick energy source that burns off quickly.
    Your best off cutting corn back in the winter and feed a little higher protein feed. Protein is harder to digest than corn and takes longer to digest in turn it "heats" the bird up.
  4. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2015
    Western Mass
    I would think that whole corn would keep chickens warmer. It is going to have more fat than cracked corn, therefore more calories ect. to keep a chicken warm.
  5. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cracked corn doesn't magically lose nutrients compared to whole kernels.
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