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Drying sweet corn for chickens

Chickens eating dried sweet cornDespite hoping to ditch the grain in the long term, I figure that homegrown grain is better for our chickens than highly processed pellets.  So when Mark came home from a friend's house with a sack of over-mature sweet corn, I instantly earmarked the windfall as chicken feed.

What is over-mature sweet corn?  If you leave corn in the garden for too long, the sugars in the kernels turn to starch and the corn is no longer as delicious.  Your chickens will be glad to take care of the problematic corn --- just peel back the husk and toss an ear to your flock, then watch the kernels disappear.  At the time we received our corn, though, our chickens were gorging on garden produce, so I decided to save the grain for colder weather.

I'm ashamed to admit that the sack of corn sat in the car for three days before I got around to dealing with it.  By the time I peeled back the husks, some of the kernels had begun to rot, and later other kernels would sprout before drying.  Still, the dried sweet corn was enthusiastically received by our forest pasture flock on one of the days when I felt our kitchen scraps needed a bit of supplementation.

Our homemade chicken waterer gives your flock something to do rather than pecking at each other.

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