I called the butcher of our local slaughter house, and ordered some beef fat to feed my birds over the winter. I plan on pounding bird seed or scratch into it and hanging it in the hen house to give them something to peck at on days they don't go out. I will also give them cabbage and lettus, I can get discout at Kroger. This will not replace thier regular food, but be offered on bad days to help them fight boredom. Does anyone else offer suet in the winter? I could also get pork fat (cheaper than the suet), but don't really want to give them pork. Any thoughts on feeding chickens pork?