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Best "supplements" for chickens on really cold days?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by imthedude, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. imthedude

    imthedude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's pretty cold here (about 5) with a really stiff north wind of about 20 mph. the birds don't want to come out of the coop, and i can't blame them. i don't want to go outside either. their water and feed are inside the coop. i gave them some BOSS and scratch earlier for a little extra "punch" to keep them warm. do you guys do anything else besides those two to give your birds a better chance at keeping warm?
     
  2. bjash

    bjash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch is also good to give in cold weather.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Anything with fat. Mine pound fat strips down when cold but seem to avoid it when hot.

    Can you make suiet based on peanut butter? Pricey but energy dense. Put a couple raisins in for enticement.
     
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  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine like cornbread. Gramma always said, "make them cornmeal mush" but it freezes too quick. They like the cornbread better, and a real chicken expert that raises fancy chickens told me once to make sure they are fed just before dark, so that their crops are full for the night. I usually feed in the morning, but in this weather, I go down just before dark with scratch, if I can. mk
     
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  5. imthedude

    imthedude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs. K :

    Mine like cornbread. Gramma always said, "make them cornmeal mush" but it freezes too quick. They like the cornbread better, and a real chicken expert that raises fancy chickens told me once to make sure they are fed just before dark, so that their crops are full for the night. I usually feed in the morning, but in this weather, I go down just before dark with scratch, if I can. mk

    good to know because i just tossed in a bunch of scratch and BOSS and also broke a block of suet into 4 pieces in hopes that everyone would get a little bit before they head to the roost. nine below tonight will be the coldest these birds have seen. i hope they make it through the night OK.​
     
  6. conroy

    conroy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my girls are getting corn muffins tomorrow:D
     
  7. forrestacres

    forrestacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a flock block in their coop to keep them busy on days when they don't get outside due to cold (which has only been 2 days so far this winter). We just had a 45 degree day here. Snow melted and the grass is back! [​IMG]
     
  8. ourlittleflock

    ourlittleflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ours get scratch on the colder nights right before bed
     
  9. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    Anything with corn. That helps them produce body heat.
     
  10. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I ask what exactly "scratch" is??

    I have heard the term used a lot but don't know what it is....Is it expensive?

    My chooks have been pretty cold lately and if it doesn't cost too much I might give it a try! I was also thinking about trying to make some flock blocks...
     

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