I accidentally bought whole kernel corn

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by boxermom, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. boxermom

    boxermom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    instead of cracked. Can I feed it to my chickens and turkeys or do I need to do something else with it?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I don't know anything about turkeys, but chickens can have whole corn. Make sure they have some access to grit (free ranging or supplied). I have read that some folks' chickens don't LIKE the whole corn. But they can eat it fine.
  3. boxermom

    boxermom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Thanks. DH thought they could eat it, but I thought the kernels looked too big. [​IMG]
  4. dacdeihl

    dacdeihl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2009
    NorthEast, In
    Whole corn is not too big. I've see chickens eat whole grasshoppers and earthworms whole. Those birds will eat almost anything that moves and they can catch. I've see them tear apart a small frog. Fiesty birds!!!
  5. MyKidLuvsGreenEgz

    MyKidLuvsGreenEgz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2011
    Colorado Plains
    That reminds me: one day "we" accidentally brought home a huge back of popcorn kernels instead of cracked corn. Do I need to grind the popcorn kernels before I feed (since they are so hard) or can my chickens eat them as is? Or maybe I should just trade since I'm not feeding chickens much corn any more.
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    well if you pop it first they would love it...
  7. dlee

    dlee Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2010
    My chickens love popped popcord. I also always have plenty of crushed oyster shells for them.
  8. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Quote:I hope you are not using the oyster shell as a "grit". They are two different things. Oyster shell is too soft to be used as grit. The good thing is, if they free range, they do not need grit. BTW to the OP, mine love whole kernel corn.
  9. boxermom

    boxermom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Just make sure you're not using oyster shell instead of grit. Oyster shell is for calcium for strong shells, not food grinding. Oyster shell is too soft for that. They need stones or pebbles. In the summer, my birds free range, so I don't worry too much about that, but in winter, they want to stay in the barn so I buy grit.
  10. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I have fed mine unpopped popping corn Turns out we can't go through 50 pounds in under a year [​IMG] Mine love it when given as an occasional treat.

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