Is there something negative about feed chickens corn?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by alaskachick, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I take eggs to work and sale them because there is only two of us at home and we get a dozen eggs a day. I doctor I work with wanted to know if my chickens were "those corn fed kind". He said it like it was a bad thing or unhealthy thing for human consumption. Although I do feed my chickens one cup of cracked corn in the morning, my answer to him was "no". Is there something bad about feeding corn to chickens? I am assuming he meant an entire diet of corn. I feed my chickens a healthy brand of grain feed. But they do get their daily corn and BOSS.
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    Corn tends to harder to digest for nearly any body to eat. The Corn all alone doesn't have the nutrition by is self for chickens. But it is a nice treat for the birds each day as long as the birds have access to layer feed.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've heard folks complain that it makes them fat and lazy and doesn't give them the nutrition they need for great eggs.
  4. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2008
    Your doctor friend is probably refering to the dangers of feeding humans or chickens Genetically Modified (GMO) corn.

    Nowadays, 90% of all commercially available corn (and, as a result, the corn seed that will be planted come springtime) is genetically modified.

    Doctors -- more than most people -- will understand the health concerns that come from eating genetically modified corn.

    As a result, they tend to be more concerned about this issue than most people -- and more reluctant to eat meat or eggs from birds fed genetically modified corn.

    I do NOT feed my chickens corn or soybeans or any product that includes corn and soybeans because the commercially available corn and soybeans are almost all GMO nowadays.

    This summer, however, I plan on growing some non-GMO corn for my birds (and yes, there are a few places where you can buy certified non-GMO corn seed still around), so they can once again enjoy the pleasure of eating cracked corn...
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    I fed corn to some extra roosters once and they had a lot of yellow fat on them when they went to freezer camp.
  6. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    Actually corn is not good feed for chickens. I would not feed extra to them if you are using a layer feed for its made up of corn. Corn in feed is been messed with genticlly. It has been altered and sprayed ect. Corn is very low protien and very high in fat. many are allegic to corn because of the cheicals it is treated with in the field. I would suggest cutting out the corn use sunflower instead. Do a search on corn you will find some scary stuff.
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    He probably meant a diet of corn, and the rest they get from free ranging.

    That means they won't be as healthy as with a varied diet. I feed organic corn for the reasons the above posters mentioned. It is twice the price, but I don't use very much.
  8. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    GMO is perfectly safe to eat.
    But it is the environmetnal issues like Round Up resistant crops that is concerning.

    As for corn, my birds are eating their normal amount of layer crumbles but also topping up with a lot of cracked corn for calories. The last month we've been down to -30C and rarely morethan -10C. They need the extra calories to stay warm. There has been no drop in egg production.
  9. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    the most dangerous thing about it is...well...asking about feeding it
  10. MyKidLuvsGreenEgz

    MyKidLuvsGreenEgz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2011
    Colorado Plains
    Quote:Actually, GMO is NOT perfectly safe to eat. It messes with hormones because of it's very nature of being manipulated by humans to grow faster, taller, stronger, more disease resistant, and with more kernels. Hybrid corn, which is nature way of modifying it, is ok. Too many people think GMO is good but look at us Americans ... we're huge and corn is a really big part of our diet. It's almost impossible to get non-GMO corn seeds anywhere, and I look because I grow them.

    I stopped giving my chickens corn only a short time ago, and already their egg production is up. That's the only change I did. So ... no more corn for my girls. They really enjoy amaranth, quinoa, millet and flax seeds. For some reason, they don't like BOSS. And if they need help keeping warm in the winter (like here in Colorado), ground up alfalfa helps there.

    Just my 2 cents.

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