what parts of the corn plant can chickens eat

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jk47, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. jk47

    jk47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im growing corn and can I feed the stalks and leaves to the hens and will it matter if its fresh or dried and if so how do I need to processes it in any way
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Not sure of the value of corn stalks or leaves as fodder, haven't really heard of anyone doing that.

    If the stalks were cut to chaff, maybe they'd be useful roughage, but maybe they'd be better litter for the floor. Chaff is often dangerous though. The leaves they might eat fresh, but it's not really the most normal chicken fodder, and dried it could clog up their guts with excessive fiber and kill them. Might be better nesting material if dried.

    I would do some searches on corn leaves and stalks as animal fodder before I fed it to them, personally. Maybe someone already knows this info off by heart and can help you more than I can.
     
  3. AngryRooster

    AngryRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Chickens can eat the corn kernels, and mine will eat the corn silk. I let them, since it's not poisonous and they seemed to like it. I was a little worried about them choking though, so if you decide to let your birds eat corn silk you should rip it up into smaller pieces to minimize the risk of choking.

    As for the corn leaves/corn stalks, I've never heard of anyone using them in relation with chickens. I've shown my chickens corn leaves after washing them, but they never show any interest in the leaves and always eat the kernels first.
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Process and grind the dried corn stalks, fodder, shucks and cobs together, then mix in some molasses and add corn chops. Then store the feed in such a manner that it will go through a natural "heat" or fermentation process. After sufficient time has elapsed to render the corn by products concoction palatable, feed it to a member of the bovine family.

    Then allow the north end of the bovine to chew the corn plant by products over and over while her 4 guts takes turns converting it into a wet, somewhat sticky green material. When the corn plant by product is done it will automatically exit from the south end of the cow and at this point it is almost the perfect chicken feed. It is fresh, 100% natural, organic, loaded with minerals, vitamins, protein, and chopped full of cute little wiggly squiggly things. Honest, there is no finer organic chicken food on the face of the Earth than fresh cow manure. How do you think Dr. Zuess keep himself in green eggs and ham for all these years?
     
  5. richardisdorky

    richardisdorky New Egg

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    I found that my birds don't care for them, and they are not picky eaters. Although after letting the stocks dry I ran them through a cheep Branch Chipper from HarborFreight and it made for nice bedding. Oh and they love picking at the left over cobs. But I'd bet you knew that.
     
  6. nsrhonda

    nsrhonda New Egg

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    My chickens love corn on the cob, silks and all. Seems to have no problems. Play with the stalks and seems to be ok. i was told it made them too hot so i don't know if that is a problem. Maybe put in frig first.
     

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