Feeding whole corn to chickens
you know, I'm on a quest to find out cheaper ways to keep our chickens
Plamondon provides unlimited access to whole corn kernels, and finds that the cheap
corn cuts down on chicken feed costs. While corn
isn't a well-rounded diet for chickens, feeding corn can definitely
cut costs if your chickens have access to plenty of range. They
should get enough protein in their diets by catching bugs and
scratching up worms, with the corn acting as a carbohydrate boost.
As usual with feeding trials, the results [of a comparison between chickens provided with unlimited pellets verus those provided with unlimited corn] are inconclusive, with the hens eating only the balanced ration sometimes being more profitable than the ones with free-choice grain, and sometimes not. But that’s only if the grain costs the same whether you feed it separately or use it in the layer ration. If you have a source of cheap whole corn that costs a lot less than your layer ration, feeding separate corn is a hands-down win.
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