FEEDING CHICKENS FIELD CORN

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nannie, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. nannie

    nannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it ok to feed my chickens field corn on cob.i give them cracked corn from feed store.my neighbor has offered my chickens some hardened field corn.i don't know if it is ok for them.i dont want to hurt them.he is talking about just throwing a ear in pen,but I wont do it till I find out if its ok for them.so any advice would be just great.
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I feed mine field corn on the cob as a treat, they have fun getting it off. The bantams are too small to do much with it, but the bigger birds really like it and will clean the cobs off in no time.
     
  3. nannie

    nannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thanks.i got 6 chickens.so I can just throw an ear in and they will eat it.how much and how often should I give it to them.
     
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    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    They generally recommend that treats not be more than about 10% of their diet if you are feeding a regular 16% laying food, so with six chickens I would probably go with one big ear a day if they will be getting it everyday instead of scratch.
     
  5. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love the field corn...I have never tried putting it in there on the cob though. I will have to try that.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I give my chickens whole corn as a treat and mixed in the feed too- they love it. On the cob is fine.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Using adult birds as a guide where they get a balanced diet of about 16 to 18% crude protein during the summer, as temperature falls and feed intake increases, I make certain they get the same amount of balanced nutrients as provided by the summer diet all year round but when additional intake is involved that is dominated (with respect to weight) by whole corn. BOSS and oats are also involved with latter soaked when temperatures make keeping liquid water available all day impractical. When temperatures get really cold the whole corn can represent 25% of the diet, sometimes more for short periods. I watch closely to make certain cheery picking for corn does not limit intake of the balanced component of the diet. This means I look on ground and feeders after dark to get a handle on what is going on.
     
  8. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

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    The problem with feeding field corn to chickens is the size of the kernel and the potential for mycotoxins.
     
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Five week old chicks can consume intact dent corn kernels with minimal trouble. Mycotoxins are out there but I have yet to have noticed any actual problems from it. Whole corn has been too important for so long that I have to see actual problems before I would toss out a batch. Then I would simply get it from another source and watch.

    The whole corn purchased for use as feed may be tested for mycotoxins, does anyone know?
     
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  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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