My Chickens Won't Eat Corn?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Arkinsaw, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Arkinsaw

    Arkinsaw New Egg

    Oct 5, 2009
    Old Joe, Arkansas
    My seven Rhode Island Reds will not eat corn. I've spread plain corn, and they also have corn in the scratch that I spread, but they ignore it. They also don't seem to like BOSS. I've thrown some out for them for several days, and they ignore this as well. They eat the laying pellets (mixed with yogurt) and the other grains in the scratch (they seem to like the milo the best), but they just turn up their beaks at corn.

    Since it's become cold, I was thinking they'd go for the corn to help them stay warm. They are healthy active hens and don't seem to be bothered much by the cold and are laying very well.

    It just seems strange to me that the two things everyone here says their chickens love, mine ignore.
  2. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:The corn won't make them warm, it will add calories which will help them combat lower temperatures. Since you feel the birds are healthy and are laying well I'd forgo the shelled corn as it will imbalance their nutrition, may result in fat hens, both of which will disrupt their laying.

  3. Mr chicken dude

    Mr chicken dude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    Is it cracked corn?


    Is it just plain old shelled corn the shelled corn might be a lot harder for them to eat than cracked...
  4. Arkinsaw

    Arkinsaw New Egg

    Oct 5, 2009
    Old Joe, Arkansas
    The corn I'm putting out there is cracked.

    And I have stopped putting it out since they're not eating it. It is in the scratch I put out, but again, they just leave it on the ground.

    Got six eggs today, so I'm not complaining, just puzzled.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Your chickens have issues....what chicken refuses corn? Jeesh.. [​IMG]

    You sure you have chickens?? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
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  6. rickelrod

    rickelrod New Egg

    Apr 30, 2009
    Same here, my RIR wont eat it either! My black Austrolorps will pick at it when there is nothing else left of the scratch.
  7. brian_M2

    brian_M2 New Egg

    Jun 27, 2009
    Mine act like it's crack. In fact, it's what I have in one hand to squeeze inside the main door of the coop/run area to distract them while I fill up their feeder, otherwise I would get mobbed!
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  8. SurprisingWoman

    SurprisingWoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2009
    South Weber, UT
    My chickens don't like corn, BOSS, warm oatmeal in the morning... they are quite spoiled.

    They do love millet and cheese.

    Just keep trying and you can find what they love.
  9. Arkinsaw

    Arkinsaw New Egg

    Oct 5, 2009
    Old Joe, Arkansas
    Same here, my RIR wont eat it either!

    Well, perhaps it's a RIR thing?

    Just keep trying and you can find what they love.

    Well they do love dandelion greens which I've been picking and giving to them (we still have some around here even though it's freezing). And they love Chickweed, which I have to fight them for cuz I use it in a salve. And also sprouts, they love those.

    So bleh to the corn. It's probably genetically altered anyway.​
  10. Spore

    Spore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2009
    Sometimes my barred rocks will devour corn and other times they ignore it. They want nothing to do with BOSS. They will eat around it in the feeder and prefer the layer feed. They do gobble up oatmeal. I bet if you fed them less they would eat up the corn in a hearbeat. Picky chickens usually have full crops.

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