Dried Corn Stalks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Euarto Gullible, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Euarto Gullible

    Euarto Gullible Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today, I noticed one of my chickens relentlessly pecking at a broken node of a dry corn stalk that my daughter had broken off and was terrorizing the chickens with. Curious, I broke another one off, cracked it open and pulled out the long soft pithy center and threw it to them. They fought over it! This is after they had just enjoyed a fresh bunch of kale, a couple handfuls of scratch, and free access to their layer pellets and crumbles. So, I was curious to see what the fuss was about. I took a bite and it was slightly sweet, and had the consistency of a fibrous stale marshmallow. It must have some carbs in it. So, I've read now about silage as a feed for bigger animals but that is fermented, but I'm curious if other people dry and feed their chickens the centers of corn stalks in the winter. Exactly how much nutrition is in them? I notice chickens always like to eat styrafoam too. Is it a texture or consistency thing that feels good in their crop, or does dried corn pith have value as feed? The corn in question that I fed was a dent variety with massive 14 foot tall corn stalks.
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    i have never heard of the corn being like that but it makes me wonder if its like the marrow in a steak bone?
     
  3. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the spring and summer (before we got chickens), we threw a mixed type of wild bird food out on the hill for all of the wild birds we have and some of the cracked corn actually germinated and grew corn stalks. We just left it to die and dry out through the fall. Our chickens go up on the hill and fight over those old, dried out corn stalks. I wondered what the attraction was too.
     
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  4. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And, yes, chickens LOVE Styrofoam.

    We are building our own home and used PolySteel ( a hollow styrofoam block filled with concrete) to build the outer walls. It wasn't covered when we got our chicks and as we started to let them free-range we noticed that they were actually pecking the outer walls down to the concrete center! We had to get heavy black plastic to cover the exterior of our house or they would have devoured the whole thing as far up as they could jump. Crazy chickens! [​IMG]
     
  5. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    i wrapped the run in some sort of foam and they have eaten it full of holes . no ill effects
     

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