Originally Posted by ChickyChicky327
They have a couple extra hours of light in their coop from an LED light. It comes on at dusk and goes off around 10pm. We did the same thing last winter, and while production dropped a bit, it picked back up pretty quickly when spring rolled around.
What should we be feeding them?
Yeah, I thought that about worms. Seems like an odd time of year. Maybe we'll take a fecal sample to a vet who treats birds.
Last year they were pullets and they often lay all winter even without lights.
Agrees they need more protein (and less calcium) to grow out the new feathers.
I like to feed a 'flock raiser' 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat. I do grind up the crumbles (in the blender) for the chicks for the first week or so.
The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer. I adjust the amounts of other feeds to get the protein levels desired with varying situations.
Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.
Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.