Frozen Corn-Perfect Chicken Treat for HOT Day!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SproutGirl, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. SproutGirl

    SproutGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend of mine suggested the perfect treat for chickens for these hot days of summer: frozen corn! I tried it, and my birds love it! I let it thaw just a little bit so that it's not ultra hard, and I hand-feed it to the poor panting birdies out in the shade of the lilac tree. They are so happy! Just like ice cream for chickens! I thought I'd pass this suggestion along to you for the summer. It's perfect for small flocks!
     
  2. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    Lowell, IN
    Is it on the cob or loose?
     
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  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Oooooh frozen corn on the cob? It does sound delightful.

    Well, until someone comes along and tells you it's a bad idea. Just wait, it'll happen. You'll see. [​IMG]
     
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    There is controversy over the fact that it may or may not raise the chickens body temperature.
     
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:See what I mean?
     
  6. SproutGirl

    SproutGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed it to them loose, but I'm sure on the cob would work too.

    The way I understand it is that corn only raises chickens' body temperature when it is fed as a dried, hard grain. This is because it is very hard, and they must grind it up a lot in their crops. It is all of this grinding, and the full crop that raises their body temperature slightly. But, if you feed your chickens fresh, frozen, or unsalted canned corn, it will not raised their body temperature any more than any other fresh vegetable will. At least, this is what I have read in several books, and this is what my chicken farming friends have told me. So, if you want to keep your chickens warm on a cold night, give them some cracked corn before bed. But, don't give them cracked corn in the summer--give them fresh, frozen, or unsalted canned instead.
     
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  7. ChandlersChickens

    ChandlersChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure do Davaroo.
    LMAO! [​IMG]
     
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  8. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    Quote:I have no idea on this, but your explaination sounds completely logical to me. [​IMG]
     
  9. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is an interesting thing to do with the corn. I actually freeze fresh corn cut off the cob in single serving size bags in the fall. Sometimes I have left over (like now) and instead of tossing it on the compost, I think I'll give it slowly to the girls!
    Oh, and corn that is fresh does not make heat, only dry corn bothers their systems in the summer.
    Thanks for the suggestion!
    [​IMG]
     
  10. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:Corn is cooked and frozen ? OR frozen raw ?

    I know I give mine COLD COOKED leftover rice , NOW they run like crazy when they see me coming . LOL All lined up , its to cute .
     
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