Is it normal my 24 week old Brown Shavers won't eat whole corn.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mrs Clutterbuck, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Mrs Clutterbuck

    Mrs Clutterbuck Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to chicken keeping have 3 Brown Shavers, I have bought my chicken feed online and it contains whole corn kernals. My girls leave it and it blocks up the feeder. I have taken to picking the corn out but it seems a bit ridiculous. Am I doing something wrong?
     
  2. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are your girls layers? A good layer formula doesn't have whole corn in it. My layers won't even eat cracked corn.... which is actually OK. Doesn't have much, if any, nutrition. And, it isn't the best summer time food. I've read it can overheat them in warm weather.

    Here's one post... there are several if you search forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=9652
     
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  3. Mrs Clutterbuck

    Mrs Clutterbuck Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes they are layers, just started laying. It's winter here atm in New Zealand temps about 18 degrees C / 65fh during the day. They eat the cracked corn in the feed, it's just a pain to pick it out! I haven't sourced any other competitively priced feed here in NZ yet. Any recommendations on what I should be looking for in a feed?
     
  4. Willowpark4

    Willowpark4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi from Hawkes Bay

    Try Peck and lay from Farmlands - its good value and for our Shavers - they eat it all!!

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    Chris
     
  5. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Ours will eat cracked corn but won't eat whole corn either.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Whole corn shouldn't be a problem for them to eat, but individual chickens have their preferences. Mine would gobble whole corn (they eat our popcorn unpopped kernels). I should say, except the tiny bantams. They might choke.
     

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