Feeding hens corn

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MikeTheGardener, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. MikeTheGardener

    MikeTheGardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How hold should your hens be before you start feeding them corn?
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Do you mean supplementing with corn?
     
  3. MikeTheGardener

    MikeTheGardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    So many points of view, traditions, myths, fables and all the rest. Sigh.

    My basic feed ration is already Corn based. 60-70% corn forms the foundation of my layer mash, a locally ground 17%, containing meat protein from a Hubbard mill.

    So, do I , should I feed additional corn? No. More and more corn in their diet isn't going to accomplish anything except throw my carefully balanced feed ration out of whack for protein and minerals.
     
  5. MikeTheGardener

    MikeTheGardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the information
     
  6. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To answer your question, as far as I know, you can feed corn (as part of a balanced diet) at any age, provided it's ground fine for chicks or if they're older, into a coarse grind if they've access to age appropriate grit. The easiest way for grit is to free range them and they will find the right grit. If they are penned up, you need chick grit for chicks and a coarser grit for adults.
     
  7. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is only true if the right grit is available.

    For some of us with heavy clay soils, you can dig all day and never see a pebble - so it really depends on local environment.
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    So true! The only time my flock would find anything even remotely useful as grit on their own while ranging is if I let them venture clear down to the creek back in our woods (which I have recently deemed off limits due to a new neighbor and their dogs) - and even then it's slim pickings to find anything other than clay and mud, bleh!
     

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