Corn husks...

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Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 1:48 pm

So far from all I've read corn husks are the same nutritional value as grass since it's in the same family. As Lisam stated once, "grass on steroids". I don't believe anyone yet has stated a breakdown of fiber or ratios though of the corn husks, not that I've seen anyway.

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Got Pigs?

Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 3:08 pm

Our stores have a bin next to the corn, so I dig thur it (ohh the looks I get) and pick up a lot of silks and husks. Then I bring home and soak in cold water to make sure they are well rinsed.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 3:11 pm

Lady Bug got a clean house this morning and is now happily munching away on the fresh corn husks I got from the waste bin today.

If I just gave her one leaf she'd riot! She adores corn husks.

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Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 3:26 pm

My piggies get corn husks whenever we have corn on the cob, my mom buys them in the husk specifically for the pigs. =) They love 'em.

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Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 3:45 pm

Chary looked on line but could not find any information on the breakdown. It would be interesting to find out.

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I gave AGAIN, dammit!

Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 3:56 pm

Last week when I was digging husks out of the husk bin at the grocery store, a woman approached me and said "oh, I see you're a composter". I had to explain that, no, I was simply foraging for free food for my guinea pigs. Cracked her up. The husks and silks are seriously like piggy crack to them. They'd be up in arms if I only tossed in one leaf.


Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 4:23 pm

I'm always concerned that the silk presents a potential choking hazard (like celery). I'm probably cheating the poor little dears out of a much-needed taste treat. I mean, if the organic papaya, dill, and wheat grass don't fill the bill. Honestly, I spend more on veggies for my pigs than I do on my family. That's one thing I LOVE about summer--cheap pig food!

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Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 4:25 pm

None of the stores here have clean husk bins so I just buy myself an ear of corn and give the husks and silks to the pigs. The silks are by FAR the treasured bits. I was afraid they would be dangerous, like strings, but when you actually feel them, they're soft and crunchy, not hard and stringy like I remembered. I usually give 2 leaves or so per pigs because I want them to last a few days. I like to feed them a lot and need to ask my parents to start saving them for me as they eat a lot of corn.


Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 4:34 pm

My pigsters like their husks ripped in strips like spaghetti and mixed under their lettuce. They won't eat it them any other way - those picky piggies.


Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 4:53 pm

I just did a Google search and found a little bit of information on the nutritional content of corn husks on this site Raising healthy rabbits under primitive conditions

According to that reference, corn husks contain 2.6% crude protein and 31.6% crude fiber. So, if I recall correctly, less protein than timothy hay but about the same amount of fiber.

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Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 10:12 pm

You know, I was just wondering about husks. I too would be killed in my sleep if I only gave one or two at a time!

What about chemicals on them? The corn has to get sprayed for bugs and such. I always peel off the outside husks but I was wondering about the silks.

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Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 11:27 pm

After reading all the replies, I dropped a small pile in with them after work today and they had a feast!

I had to explain that, no, I was simply foraging for free food for my guinea pigs. Cracked her up.
The produce lady I asked last night had quite a laugh as well when I asked her. She told me "Go ahead, take the whole bin. They're just going to toss it out in a couple hours anyway." I took a small handful (only 'cause I didn't know if my boys would like them...not to mention, what am I going to do with a 30gal bag full of husks). Next time I think I'll have to take more.

Thanks everyone! ^_^


Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 11:30 pm

I was just about to post a thread asking this same question! Thanks. I'm going to start feeding them a bit more often after reading how much you all do. It seems like the husks would be beneficial for their teeth as well (some real good chewin).


Post   » Sat May 24, 2008 11:36 pm

I always thought it would be really great for their teeth. I fed mine their husks last night. Next time I'll give them the silk, I was also worried about the choking factor. I'll just watch them eat it. They run to me when they know I've put the husks in the cage. Even our 10 week old baby Thumper has learned how great they are.

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Post   » Sun May 25, 2008 4:14 am

So what about vitamins and minerals?

Also, we read somewhere that you should remove the outer layer of husks and throw them out because they contain more pesticides the average vegetable. Not sure how valid that is. But it kind of makes sense because they figure people are not eating the husks.

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Post   » Sun May 25, 2008 9:10 am

Use the tender inner husks. Very tasty!

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one pig at a time.

Post   » Sun May 25, 2008 9:19 am

DaCourt, that is why I always have limited my piggies' husks. I always have in the back in my mind how much they spray the corn with pesticides and it scares me to give them more than a little bit per pig. I only give mine the inner softer leaves near the corn in hopes that it is "safer". I worry that because their bodies are so small that it would not take much to make them sick, or do something worse. Food spraying is based on humans, not small animals.


Post   » Sun May 25, 2008 12:22 pm

I still haven't found the nutritional content of corn husks. But I did find some other interesting, and maybe pertinent, info on corn husks and corn silk:

Corn husk tea is a folk remedy for urinary tract infections.

Corn silk is also used as a remedy for urinary tract infections and kidney stones: "Corn Silk - The silky tassel inside the corn husk is highly valued in herbology as a support to the urinary system. It contains silicon, B vitamins, PABA and moderate amounts of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Its key constituents are maizenic acid, fixed oil, resin and mucilage. Cornsilk is very popular in Chinese herbology." (From the "Nature's Sunshine Herbal Remedies" site.)

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Post   » Sun May 25, 2008 2:03 pm

I think my girls would revolt if they didn't get the husks and silks. I tend to give a small pile, both because the pigs seem to love it and because I'm trying not to overflow my trashcan. I got 5 ears all for little old me (Boston people: they have blueberries, $1 per box and lettuce, 3 heads/packages for $1 at the Haymarket!), so I figure that if I eat one ear per day, they can have a few pieces as treats and I don't have to change my trash bags as often.

And Aertyn, do you happen to have a Calico-Colored Guinea Pig? ;)

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Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Sun May 25, 2008 5:25 pm

Thank you for posting that EllieMom. I'm sure if a better breakdown more precise could be found you'll find it ;)

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