Originally Posted by Missa Chickabee
Hi Fred's Hens, thanks for your amazing advice. Would love to have had all your experience, but you're writing a book for us.
Was wondering how you know it's vitamin D they're lacking. Is it just that you see them get lethargic when the sun doesn't shine for awhile?
Also...where is 'Northern Mitten'???
Since Vitamin D (both 2 and 3, I believe) is essential for the chicken's overall health, but particularly essential in shell formation, that's a signal to me that our grey winter periods are taking a toll. Normally, the shells are like a rock and hard to crack. When they get a bit thin, it isn't just a matter of more and more calcium, but they need some sunlight, quite frankly. When the gloom and doom lifts and the day promises to be sunny, I force them out. I force them to partake of winter sun bathing. They're not really happy if it is zero or something, but if I can clear a path to some places, usually under the pines, where the snow isn't deep, and toss them something busy themselves with, they'll fuss around for a few hours.