Today my birds are experiencing the first blizzard condtions of 2012-2013 winter season. Wind speeds are in sustained lower to middle 30's (mph), temperatures are dropping into mid-20s and ground is wet but freezing. Birds are feeding heavily then moving to areas protected from wind and then fluffing up. Areas sought for protection from wind are not the same as feeding stations so they have to tough it out when feeding. Tonight after they consume all their alloted quality feed and scratch, they will be offered whole corn as much as they want. Some of the birds roost in locations that provide little or no protection from wind so they need more fuel for the furnace. Corn is not balanced nutritionally but it is an excellent energy source and it is energy they need to stay warm. Another challenge for many is that many are on tail end of molt so insulatory qualities of feathers not yet maximal. Hopefully feathers will be in place by time below zero blizzard conditions are realized.