Feeding Whole Corn

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Three Generation, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Three Generation

    Three Generation Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it ok to feed whole kernal corn to chickens and ducks. Right know I mix cracked corn with thier layer feed. But was wondering if I could save some money and just use whole kernals instead. Thank you all very much
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    I use whole corn all the time during the winter months to feed chickens and my ducks. I haven't ever had any problems heck even my kids piegons love it more then the wheat.
     
  3. Bobby Joe

    Bobby Joe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered the same thing and checked with my feed store and the price difference was only .55 for a 50 pound bag. I do know they would be able to eat it, alot of people feed whole corn and I do to as a treat.
     
  4. Three Generation

    Three Generation Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both for the quick response
     
  5. Mogli

    Mogli Chillin' With My Peeps

    ive noticed if i feed my hens whole kerrnel corn they just poop it out whole so it must run rite through there body fast and poop it out i crack mine i run it through a grain grinder works good if you wanna buy one
     
  6. bantyhen'sfriend

    bantyhen'sfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mogli, do you feed your chickens grit? The birds should not be pooping out whole corn kernels. Grit allows the birds to grind up the tough parts of food they eat in their gizzards. it is not necessary if they are only eating processed feeds, but if you feed whole grains your chickens need grit.
     
  7. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

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    I feed it all the time along with whole milo, wheat, oats, and other grains...

    no issues...

    I stay away from cracked corn as it can lead to sour crop issues in pigeons..
     
  8. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed whole corn since I cannot find organic corn any other way and like to give it to them to keep them warm in the winter.
     
  9. brandislee

    brandislee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great responses! My husband and I were just talking about this, as I plan to feed a whole (uncracked) seed mix to my chickens and the corn seems so much bigger than the other grains. It makes sense to me that it is healthier for them to eat it whole, as birds are supposed to eat whole seeds. I understand the logic of feeding cracked corn- it's the same reason people feed cracked corn (or corn at all) to cows- it makes them gain more. But since I'm not trying to raise fat chickens to sell per lb I think I'm going to stick with whole seeds. Besides my gut telling me that whole corn is better, whole corn also has the benefit of keeping for longer than cracked corn (just like any grain). So I can buy it in larger packages and save money.
     
  10. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:If you paid good money with the deire to magically keep your chickens warm with corn you wasted your money.
     

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