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Adding Scratch to hens diet for winter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BK79, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. BK79

    BK79 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2013
    I noticed my 2 hens are hungrier for scratch this time of year with the cold weather here. They are not eating the cracked corn portion of the "scratch" as much as they eat the other contents of the scratch....
    are they doing this to stay warm ?
    they are still eating 17% hen layer though....
  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    That's funny, mine prefer to pick out the corn more so than the other grains. I know I have heard that whole corn kernels will warm the chickens but I am not sure about the other grains. Sorry i couldn't help.
  3. ghostwolf211

    ghostwolf211 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2013
    Ringtown, Pennsylvania
    I've been adding more protein to my hens food as the cold here in the North East has been getting pretty brutal
  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    They are eating more because of the cold weather. I give mine a bedtime snack of corn chops (mine will leave the other grains) just to make sure they are stuffed for the night.

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