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whole kernel corn

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by stronggirl, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. stronggirl

    stronggirl Out Of The Brooder

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    A friend of mine told me that I should not be tossing out whole kernel corn (dried field corn) for my chickens to have for an occasional treat because "they r unable to digest it ". Is this true? Does it have to b cracked corn? They gobble up afew pieces and return throughout the day for afew more bites.
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Not true,

    Chickens have a crop that acts like a "predigesting" system, the food is allowed to moisten some before interring the gizzard. The gizzard is made up of muscular walls that grind the food down to a digestible size. The gizzard also contains grit (stones) that help the gizzard grind the food by grinding against the food. The gizzard works very similar to a mortar and pestle.


    Chris
     
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  3. stronggirl

    stronggirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, Chris. That's pretty much what I thought but wanted to be sure.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Your Welcome,

    Another way you could look at it is, if a chicken can "eat" a rock and then grind it down to the point that it dust in there stool then a kernel of corn doesn't have a chance in there digestive system.


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  5. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Another plus to whole corn is it retains nutrition better than cracked corn. Once corn is cracked it begins to deteriorate. They can digest whole corn just fine & it's more nutritious than cracked corn.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    After watching my hen swallow a half grown mouse, I'm a firm believer in the power of the gizzard! They can digest darn near anything!
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I was always afraid to throw out whole corn to them but it sounds like it's ok. :)
     
  8. stronggirl

    stronggirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Well stated! Gave me a big smile!
     
  9. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well this is good too know, we found a relatively cheap source of whole corn, I have been feeding it to my turkeys as a treat, but I thought
    whole corn might be a bit too large for chickens, and I was going to try and find a method to crack some of the whole corn.
    Guess I'll try the whole corn with my chickens !!
     
  10. stronggirl

    stronggirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine gobble it up like its gold!
     

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