How much corn should I be feeding my chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ruby Mia, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Ruby Mia

    Ruby Mia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have ten chickens and was wondering what time of day and how much corn I should be feeding them daily because I have a feeling I'm giving them too much. [​IMG]
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Chickens should not be eating only corn. They need a balanced layer pellet or crumble that is at least 16% protein and no more than 20%. Corn only has 8% protein, half as much protein, plus it doesn't have all of the other grains, vitamins, and minerals they need. It should be free fed in a chicken feeder. They won't gorge on chicken feed like they do on corn or scratch.
     
  3. Ruby Mia

    Ruby Mia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also feed them layers pellets which they have access to all day and they also free range a lot.
     
  4. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed my chickens layer pellets which are available all day and are fed half a cup of cracked corn a day.
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Honestly, my chickens get very little only what is the handfuls of scratch they get daily. They don't even seem fond of it. They have access to grower 24/7( i don't use layer here) and do well.
     
  6. Ruby Mia

    Ruby Mia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's great help, thanks for the replies!
     
  7. chickkrzi

    chickkrzi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 15 birds, and give them corn only in the winter months, about a cup an half later in the afternoon. Helps keep them warm at night. But during the summer I'll give throw them some scratch that has as less corn I can find.
     

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