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is mashed corn ok to feed without grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by goldeneggtees, May 11, 2009.

  1. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    Hi, I wanted to give my 6 week old chicks a treat, can I give them the fresh, mashed corn without grit? They've been going outside daily for a few hours a day but are kept in our house at night.
     
  2. Mybirdsrock

    Mybirdsrock New Egg

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    I'm not familiar with the term 'mashed corn'. Does it come in a can or a 5# bag for humans, or a 25 to 50# bag for animals? To tell the truth, I would continue on chick starter crumbles for a while yet if you really want to treat your chicks.
    I feed 6 MONTH old birds cracked corn for a "treat' and use no grit. I use sawdust for a deep litter, and
    Mybirdsrock.
     
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as long as it is all mashed and not whole kernels
    but add some grit if there are whole kernels or cracked hard corn

    any whole grains of course will be needing grit
     
  4. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    Hi, the corn was from a cooked cob form our dinner table. I cut it all up into small pieces, but decided against giving it to them as a treat because they didn't have any grit and I didn't have it on hand to offer it after the corn. I'm a nervous nellie when it comes to them.[​IMG]
     
  5. Mybirdsrock

    Mybirdsrock New Egg

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    I don't think the leftover corn on the cob will hurt them, but no salt or butter, please! Chick starter ration has a complete balanced diet for chicks and they consume it like little pigs; it is really better for them. I also feed leftover corn on the cob to adult birds and it is unbelievable how clean they pick those cobs! They also love and fight over insects and worms.
     

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