feeding the chickens cracked corn

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blueseal, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if i give them cracked corn 2 times a week is it to much. will it make them stop laying i give it as a treat they love it.
     
  2. dappertophatter

    dappertophatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, what breed and how many chickens do you have?

    I have nine assorted banties and give them a handful twice a week. (But I have small hands.)
     
  3. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:20 standard egg laying chickens. delaware, buff orp, red sex links. glw, i fill a 4ft trough feeder full and they defoure it quickly. i give it to them on cold snowy days like today.
     
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cracked corn is fine to give as a treat. I toss a bit out almost every morning for my girls. They do love it.
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Sure at that amount is fine as a treat no problem. just try and resisit the urge to feed it more often.

    AL
     
  6. dappertophatter

    dappertophatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW. That's a lot of chickens!

    If they're devouring it quickly, say in a few minutes, it sounds like the amount you're giving them is about right.
    Of course you're always going to have some boss hens that'll eat half the corn [​IMG], but going out and being aware of the flock's weight (picking somebody up, seeing if she's fat) is the best indicator of of how much or how little to give them.
    Good luck! All those gorgeous chicken colors must be SO pretty together!
     

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