Silkies and corn

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jossanne, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I haven't got any silkies yet, but I'm working towards getting some nice ones from a seller on eBay. I have to get my incubator made and all the kinks worked out before I start ordering the eggs.

    But I've read about not giving silkies corn. Why is this? Is it just to keep white silkies pure white? Are there digestive/nutritional issues with silkies and corn?

    I was reading the label on my layer feed that we get from the local mill, and corn is the 3rd ingredient on the list. It is 16% protein, with the main protein coming from soybean meal. Do I need to find another source of layer pellets?
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Had never heard that but my silkies are all still on starter. Can't wait to hear the answer though.
  3. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I havent heard anything like that before...I give mine corn it ups their body temps in this cold weather and they could really use it here.

    I havent had any problems as long as they have grit there should be no problems in feeding silkies corn.
  4. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Our feed recipe has limestone in it, and our feed man says we don't need to supplement with more. We never have with our other chickens (all free-ranged) and we've always got good, strong egg shells.
  5. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Here's an article about corn and silkies. I'm not sure if that link will take you directly to the article or if you'll need to scroll down to corn and silkies.

    From that, it looks like corn in a diet is fine if it's in a good layer pellet, but not fed too much free choice? Like straight cracked corn or scratch. Am I reading this right?

    So does corn turn white silkies yellowish?
  6. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    yes, if a silkie has to much corn and it is white it will start looking yellow. i don't know if it is all birds or just silkies but yes i have seen silkies do it, sometimes splash shows it also.

    corn as a regular diet only is a big no, no. it is good for treats or while at shows or for winter to add fat. there is not enough nutrition in it to feed any chicken only that. they need a main diet other than corn if u r gonna use scratch ect. i keep mine in winter mths with pellet and scratch.
  7. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    corn is use sparingly, fatty food and for non active birds they can create problems.
  8. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    White birds can turn yellow when the diet is rich in corn, and black birds can start to get purple sheen from a corn rich diet.
  9. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Yes, as Rodriquezpoultry says, corn can turn feathers a different color if there is too much in the diet. This goes for any chicken though, not just silkies. I have a birchen modern game roo that was affected by too much corn, not by my doing but by his previous owner. He has molted some out but not all yet.
  10. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    Too much corn will turn the white birds a yellow or brassy color. It happens most of the time to males than females. I had this problem when I was raising white Ameraucanas so I sold them off. Not always though. Sometimes it also depends on genetics. White silkies that carry a silver gene instead of gold will not be affected by the corn. I have heard Milo can do it too? Or is it millet?
    A white silkie chick that has the silver gene will often have a grayish color to their down instead of a yellowish cast.

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