Feed inside the coop or outside?
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Edited by callen0912 - 11/17/15 at 11:27am
I keep food and water in the coop (I have a 4x6 coop as well) and I keep food, grit, egg shells, and water outside in their pen as well. I keep the coop open so they can come and go as they please. And on days it supposed to rain, I will take all their food bowls to put under my carport the night before, and then ill refill them and put them all in their coop and leave the water bowl out so it can get "refilled". With it getting cold now, some mornings I make them some oatmeal (for warmth) mixed with some do their food and some flax seeds. They absolutely love it!
Edited by callen0912 - 11/17/15 at 11:46am
I'll keep the feed inside untill the weather, or a cover provides it can be outside.
Edited by sawilliams - 11/17/15 at 12:13pm
Point is, the calcium in layer feed is too much for those that aren't actively laying. The calcium is for eggshell production. If they are using up that extra calcium by laying eggs, it will build up in their kidneys and eventually cause kidney failure. They will not show signs of illness until they are too far gone. Scratch is not a nutritionally balanced feed. It's more of a treat or a very cold weather supplement for extra calories.