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Q

  • Joined Apr 2013
Growing corn for chickens
« on: November 11, 2021, 07:20:46 pm »
I didnt really expect to have to ask this but google didnt help..

I was given a half cob of sweetcorn last year on the basis that it wasn't an F1 variety and a promise that the husk wasn't as tough as UK sweetcorn and had a much better taste...

Yeah well, I planted it thinking anything left would go to the chickens..  but the stuff is not to my liking at all and chicken feed it is then.

I had about 120 plants that grew well and approx 2 large cobs from each plant I now have about 6kg of sweetcorn to feed to approx 30 chickens.

Question 1..  I am happy to ( let my OH ) sit and pick off the corn from the cob but then should I just let it dry                                 and feed it or do I chop it (like it is in mixed feed).

Question 2.. would it be better to freeze it for freshness rather than let it dry.

Question 3.. I am thinking of planting a similar amount for next year( could do more ) - is this a good strategy for supplementing chicken food in the first place or should I aim for an occasional handful for treats.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2021, 07:22:55 pm by Q »
If you cant beat 'em then at least bugger 'em about a bit.

Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Growing corn for chickens
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2021, 07:56:36 pm »
Sorry, I can't advise on the feeding, but I'm envious of you being able to grow it, no luck with mine even in the polytunnel.  :(

Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Growing corn for chickens
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2021, 09:16:39 pm »
As you should always feed sweetcorn sparingly (it is very heating and fattening) the best option is to freeze it, then once a week AS A TREAT ONLY defrost a couple of cobs and throw them into the pen whole. The chickens will pick them clean in no time.

Q

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Growing corn for chickens
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2021, 06:50:58 am »
As you should always feed sweetcorn sparingly (it is very heating and fattening) the best option is to freeze it, then once a week AS A TREAT ONLY defrost a couple of cobs and throw them into the pen whole. The chickens will pick them clean in no time.
Yes I was thinking this way. Its less volume to freeze if its taken off the cob.
For treats 6kg is plenty for 30 chickens through the year.
If you cant beat 'em then at least bugger 'em about a bit.

Perris

  • Joined Mar 2017
  • Gower
Re: Growing corn for chickens
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2021, 07:01:07 am »
Current nutritional thinking on this (with references) is given on feedipedia (It's called ear maize on feedipedia) https://www.feedipedia.org/node/713  Specifics for poultry are given in the bottom half of the second tab page.

Q

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Growing corn for chickens
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2021, 08:03:14 am »
thanks for the feedipedia link - treats it is then..
If you cant beat 'em then at least bugger 'em about a bit.

 

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