Homemade Chicken Feed Recipe--How Does This Sound?

Ridgerunner

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Whole dried? I should have clarified, the *will* eat it but they can't really digest it well, not that it matters, corn is pretty devoid of nutrients. It's just carbs.
Have you actually looked at the nutritional value of corn? The actual values will depend on the type of corn, when and how it is harvested and stored. I think these are fairly representative values of the corn we would feed out chickens. The information did not copy as nicely as I'd like, Neither did the link. I'll copying a link, then I searched for "Corn grain, yellow. But do your own research. People are more likely to believe their own research anyway.

https://www.nutritionvalue.org

This is based on a serving size of 166 grams. A lot of those percents are based on daily values for humans, not chickens, so don't be too misled by that. As you see, protein provided is 16 grams so corn is about 10% protein. But like any other cereal grain corn also provides a lot more, including minerals and vitamins. It is not just protein. There is a reason corn was one of the "three sisters" grown by many of the Native American tribes. Carbohydrates were part of that but not the only reason.

I'm not saying that corn should be a major component of their daily diet. Like everything else, it should not. But you might want to check your facts if you think corn is "pretty devoid of nutrients".


Nutrition Facts
Portion Size166 g
Calories Per Portion606
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.9g10 %
Saturated Fat 1.1g6 %
Sodium 58mg3 %
Total Carbohydrate 123g45 %
Dietary Fiber 12g43 %
Sugar 1.1g
Protein 16g32 %
Vitamin D 0.00mcg0 %
Calcium 11.62mg1 %
Iron 4.50mg25 %
Potassium 476mg10 %
* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contribute to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.



Vitamins
NutrientAmountDV
Vitamin A, RAE18.26 mcg2 %
Carotene, alpha104.58 mcg
Carotene, beta161.02 mcg
Cryptoxanthin, beta0.00 mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin2249.30 mcg
Lycopene0.00 mcg
Retinol0.00 mcg
Thiamin [Vitamin B1]0.639 mg53 %
Riboflavin [Vitamin B2]0.334 mg26 %
Niacin [Vitamin B3]6.021 mg38 %
Pantothenic acid [Vitamin B5]0.704 mg14 %
Vitamin B61.033 mg79 %
Vitamin B12 [Cobalamin]0.00 mcg0 %
Vitamin B12, added0.00 mcg
Folate, DFE [Vitamin B9]31.54 mcg8 %
Folate, food31.54 mcg
Folic acid0.00 mcg
Vitamin C [Ascorbic acid]0.0 mg0 %
Vitamin D0.00 mcg0 %
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.81 mg4 %
Vitamin E, added0.00 mg
Tocopherol, alpha0.81 mg
Vitamin K0.5 mcg0 %


Minerals
NutrientAmountDV
Calcium, Ca11.62 mg1 %
Copper, Cu0.521 mg58 %
Iron, Fe4.50 mg25 %
Magnesium, Mg210.82 mg53 %
Manganese, Mn0.805 mg35 %
Phosphorus, P348.60 mg50 %
Potassium, K476.42 mg10 %
Selenium, Se25.7 mcg47 %
Sodium, Na58.10 mg3 %
Zinc, Zn3.67 mg33 %



Proteins and Aminoacids
Nutrient
Corn grain, yellow, amino acids
 
Have you actually looked at the nutritional value of corn? The actual values will depend on the type of corn, when and how it is harvested and stored. I think these are fairly representative values of the corn we would feed out chickens. The information did not copy as nicely as I'd like, Neither did the link. I'll copying a link, then I searched for "Corn grain, yellow. But do your own research. People are more likely to believe their own research anyway.

https://www.nutritionvalue.org

This is based on a serving size of 166 grams. A lot of those percents are based on daily values for humans, not chickens, so don't be too misled by that. As you see, protein provided is 16 grams so corn is about 10% protein. But like any other cereal grain corn also provides a lot more, including minerals and vitamins. It is not just protein. There is a reason corn was one of the "three sisters" grown by many of the Native American tribes. Carbohydrates were part of that but not the only reason.

I'm not saying that corn should be a major component of their daily diet. Like everything else, it should not. But you might want to check your facts if you think corn is "pretty devoid of nutrients".


Nutrition Facts
Portion Size166 g
Calories Per Portion606
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.9g10 %
Saturated Fat 1.1g6 %
Sodium 58mg3 %
Total Carbohydrate 123g45 %
Dietary Fiber 12g43 %
Sugar 1.1g
Protein 16g32 %
Vitamin D 0.00mcg0 %
Calcium 11.62mg1 %
Iron 4.50mg25 %
Potassium 476mg10 %
* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contribute to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.



NutrientAmountDV
Vitamins
Vitamin A, RAE18.26 mcg2 %
Carotene, alpha104.58 mcg
Carotene, beta161.02 mcg
Cryptoxanthin, beta0.00 mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin2249.30 mcg
Lycopene0.00 mcg
Retinol0.00 mcg
Thiamin [Vitamin B1]0.639 mg53 %
Riboflavin [Vitamin B2]0.334 mg26 %
Niacin [Vitamin B3]6.021 mg38 %
Pantothenic acid [Vitamin B5]0.704 mg14 %
Vitamin B61.033 mg79 %
Vitamin B12 [Cobalamin]0.00 mcg0 %
Vitamin B12, added0.00 mcg
Folate, DFE [Vitamin B9]31.54 mcg8 %
Folate, food31.54 mcg
Folic acid0.00 mcg
Vitamin C [Ascorbic acid]0.0 mg0 %
Vitamin D0.00 mcg0 %
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.81 mg4 %
Vitamin E, added0.00 mg
Tocopherol, alpha0.81 mg
Vitamin K0.5 mcg0 %


NutrientAmountDV
Minerals
Calcium, Ca11.62 mg1 %
Copper, Cu0.521 mg58 %
Iron, Fe4.50 mg25 %
Magnesium, Mg210.82 mg53 %
Manganese, Mn0.805 mg35 %
Phosphorus, P348.60 mg50 %
Potassium, K476.42 mg10 %
Selenium, Se25.7 mcg47 %
Sodium, Na58.10 mg3 %
Zinc, Zn3.67 mg33 %



Nutrient
Proteins and Aminoacids
Corn grain, yellow, amino acids
Very similar to the data in the link I shared.
 

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Agree with the last posters; corn is a lovely ingredient, as part of a balanced diet. Alone, it's not, but not meant to be fed alone.
Balancing a diet for high performance is tricky, and our modern chickens fit this description. Small birds producing maybe thirty eggs each year, at most, and not who we're feeding here!
Mary
 

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