feeding dried corn on the cob OK?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by surfchicken72, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. surfchicken72

    surfchicken72 Songster

    I have dried corn on the cob that I use to feed squirrels... comes packaged from the bird feed place I go to.
    Is this OK to give to the ladies?

  2. Gray Ghost

    Gray Ghost Songster

    Feb 13, 2010
  3. minnie1

    minnie1 In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2010
    mine didn't seem to like it much. They will pick it up and throw it down. The silver king corn we had for dinner one night we threw the used cobs out to the girls and they went nuts for it. I even bought a couple just for them. I don't know if its the best thing for them but they seem to go crazy for people corn. The only other things I've seen them just as nutty over is when one finds a worm.
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Have never tried the dried, and I don't know if the big dry kernels would cause crop problems or not. I give mine the fresh during summer months, and they love it.

  5. donnavee

    donnavee Songster 9 Years

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    I bought some of the dried on the cob thinking it would be great entertainment - no takers. They will eat cracked corn and love fresh corn on the cob, but the big dry kernels just don't interest them at all.
  6. jomercer

    jomercer Songster

    Maybe if you rehydrate it in some hot water they'll go for it.
  7. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Field/dent corn used for feeding animals is not going to get any softer if you soak it. It will just mold. That corn is rock hard coming out of the field and not actually dried extra before being packaged. Mine had no trouble eating field corn off the cob the one year I left some in the coop but it's definitely not as enticing as most other food sources.

  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Yes, as long as they have grit from the soil or some that you give them. Might be cheaper to buy yourself a bag of cracked corn for treats (don't feed too much because it doesn't have much protein in it, which they need).
  9. jomercer

    jomercer Songster

    Oh--field corn! I was thinking immature sweet corn dehydrated on the cob....


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