dumb corn question!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shakecc, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 standard hens 2 bantys...I feeding them layer feed, but want to start supplementing some cracked corn. How much sould I give the above birds per day? A cup, a pound...or just throw out a couple handfuls. Sorry for the newbie question!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    realize the layer feed is formulated to give them everything they need...they don't "need" anything else...that being said...I mix stuff all the time! If your goal is to maximize egg production I wouldn't do more than a handful or so...colder harsher weather would be a good time to add more bcause of the carbs in it verses the layer ration
     
  3. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in the deep south so die to the heat I don't give my chickens corn when it is hot weather. But in the winter when it is cooler, I give them cracked corn two or three times a week. They have a large run area and I jusy throw around about a 1/2 pound. They go to work scatching around immediatly.

    Good luck![​IMG]
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can do as I do and weigh their commercial feed. I'd feel fairly comfortable giving them cracked corn IF they are eating about 1/4 pound of feed daily.

    If you counted your 2 banties as 1 standard: 8 chickens times 1/4 pound = 2 pounds of feed each day.

    I refill their feeder in the afternoon and then give "treats" thru the evening. They get plenty of treats if they've eaten their 1/4 pound/each. Of course, I can't for sure know if 1 or 2 are holding out for dessert but doubt if chickens can be that restrained and conniving [​IMG]. Besides, they like their feed - 20% protein FlockRaiser.

    With real cold Winter weather, I can hardly feed too many treats but it doesn't take much warming before their Sumo wrestler appetites drop a little [​IMG].

    Steve
     
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

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