Popcorn? (unpopped)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tala, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    See I have this bottle of "popcorn seeds" as we call them. Problem is our popcorn popper broke, so now I never go through the trouble to pop the loose kind anymore. It's just sitting in the pantry. Since I don't cook it for myself, I sure wouldn't cook it for the birds. . . .but I was wondering if they can eat it whole/unpopped?
    They eat corn, it's kinda the same right?
  2. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2009
    I'm not sure that this would be good for your chickens as what corn is normally fed is "cracked corn". I'm not sure how easy this would be for a chicken to digest. It may be too hard.

  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    My chickens eat deer corn, it's not cracked. It's hard, but not quite popcorn hard -- which is why I thought I'd ask if anyone else has tried it.
  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Many pigeon grain mixes have popcorn included in them, so I think it would be fine. I plan on feeding an old bag of Jolly Time popcorn to mine. If they can eat whole kernels of field corn, the smaller popcorn should be no problem.
  5. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    We've never fed unpopped popcorn to ours - so, no experience with it.

    But you can pop it in the microwave for yourself/family or chickens to eat . Put 1/4 cup kernels in a paper lunch bag. Fold top over a couple times. Stand bag in microwave, cook on "High" for a couple minutes or use "popcorn" setting. Watch it closely, you may find it doesn't take as long as store bought microwave popcorn. You can add melted butter, salt, grated parmesean cheese, etc.
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009

    You will be fine.. My chickens eat pigeon grain as a scratch grain and it had popcorn in it..

  7. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Many gamefowl breeders feed popcorn in their feed blends. It is more nutritious than even whole corn and, as long as the birds have access to grit, it can easily be digested.

    One thing I should mention as this thread has mentioned it. Cracked corn should only be used as treats. Corn looses its nutritional value rapidly after being cracked and after only three days, it`s about as nutritious as feeding dirt. Whole corn is around 12% protien and in only 3 days, cracked corn is down to 7 or maybe 6%, depending on the type of corn. I don`t have the nutritional info for pop corn, but it is definately better than most whole corns and way better than cacked corn. Caution, make sure your pop corn is not moldy..........Pop
  8. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Quote:Thank you for this tip. I will try it on my popcorn!
  9. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2009
    Quote:Cracked corn does not loose it nutritional value as you stated. If you believe this so much prove it. Due not use wiki eather you will atomaticaly loose.
  10. daisy_dukers

    daisy_dukers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2007
    Everytime my wife wants popcorn I end up making way way too much, the excess goes to the chickens, including unpopped kernals... I still have all 25 of my birds and they are pumping out an egg a day each minimum.

    Not attributing the egg laying to the popcorn....just happy chickens..

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