Trying to go corn-less

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cozycritters, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. cozycritters

    cozycritters Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    I have some health problems including food allergies and I want to avoid eating corn by eating my chickens' eggs. (BTW this is premature, they are still all incubating! [​IMG])

    I do want to have a balanced diet for them and I live in AZ, so I can grow things pretty much all year 'round. I'm going to be getting one of those big bags of birdseed and seed the run where they will live before I move them there. I also intend to sprout oats, etc. for them.

    Anyone else not feed corn to their chickens? If so, what is your feed regime like?


  2. kla37

    kla37 Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    Interesting question, looking forward to reading the responses you get! (If I withheld corn from my girls they would gang up and attack me in the middle of the night.... [​IMG] )
  3. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Quote:Me too....My girls all time favorite food is corn on the cob.
  4. shaft0463

    shaft0463 In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2010
    I use corn in my mix, but it would be easy to eliminate.

    I do alfalfa pellets, rice bran, bird seed, sunflower seeds, and some Costco cat food, ground in a blender. I add corn to it because they like it, but you could leave the corn out. Just don't put oats in your blender. It seems to kill them.
  5. cozycritters

    cozycritters Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    The cat food is largely corn also, right?
  6. Lesa

    Lesa Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    No need to feed corn. I prefer the wild bird seed- cheap and nutritious. I mix my oyster in with that, as well. Chickens do like corn- but they like most everything, so I don't think they would miss it...
  7. cozycritters

    cozycritters Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    I just can't imagine that it would be in their natural diet [​IMG]

  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:This is something I have thought about a lot myself and have some emperical data to backup.

    When I rely upon foods grown on site (in Missouri or Indiana), each bird requires about an acre plus a water supply. Supplementing by adding feeds of most kinds, especially those high in protein reduce area required / bird. The more and higher the quality the food the more the the area can be reduced until ultimately your are restricted to the area of a coop.

    Your birds will damage planted forage bass by trampling and scratching to to get and food items growing among planted forage. The plants, as vegetable matter, not just seed, provide a considerable portion of the birds energy and vitamin requirments with a lesser percentage of protein needs. The seeds are much more protein and energy dense. Insects and other small animals help a lot with protein but in reality much of such food items are a form of drift (they move in from adjacent areas as local items harvested. A problem with many plants desired as a seed source either can not provide vegetable matter and seeds at same time of folage is toxic to some degree. If planted forage denied to birds until seed produced, seed production will be greatly increased but then you will have to worry about wild birds harvesting before chickens do.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  9. fargosmom

    fargosmom Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    Quote:Cats cannot digest grains, so any decent cat food should be meat-based.
  10. Cargo

    Cargo Songster

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM

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