Do chickens eat significantly less in the winter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lucy4, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I realize they're not as active. But I'm concerned at how little my girls are eating. Normally, I refill their feeder every 3 days. It's been 6 days and it's still half full. ??

    They happily eat greens and scratch I throw in the run. I looked at the pellets and smelled them; they don't seem spoiled. Is it just normal for them to be eating less?

    All seem to be laying fine and behavior is typical.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Luke0987654321

    Luke0987654321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well my hens do the oposite, they eat more,
    i think it is because in the summer they dont need the extra energy, and they dont ned to be protected from the cold,
    and in the winter they eat tuns
     
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine eat more, mine freerange, so most of the time they get bugs/seeds on thier own, when there are none to be had thier consumption rate goes up not down. I wish mine would eat less in the winter. I think they eat about the same all year, just the source changes.
     
  4. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine eat more, too.
     
  5. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well... what does that mean then? If mine are supposed to be eating more, are they ill? Should I be concerned?
     
  6. Thortherooster

    Thortherooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they eat more because they are cold and food helps kepp them warm...
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Are they getting a lot of extra snacks/scratch from you?
     
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Mine eat twice as much! do you think they are sick?
     
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Gumpsgirl has a good point.

    If they're getting a large amount of scratch and treats they will ignore their regular food, which isn't good. Scratch and treats should be only treats, even in winter.

    Or maybe you have a helpful elf feeding them?
     
  10. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I give them a cup or so of scratch a day. Is that too much? I have four 9 month old pullets.
     

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