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Do your chickens eat snow?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dappertophatter, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. dappertophatter

    dappertophatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious. My neurotic Polish have been bouncing around in the snowy run allllll day, after my rooster finished crowing at it and telling it all the bad things he was going to do to it if it hurt his girls. [​IMG] They've been eating MOUNDS of it- I should let them out on the driveway! (They have freechoice warm water, so I'm not worried.)

    Apparently this particular icy snow is REALLY REALLY good- the Polish have been chasing the one who has the GOOD piece of snow on and off all day.

    The Cochins, however, have been laughing their heads off from the warm coziness of the run, and haven't come outside once today.

    So, do your chickens eat snow?
     
  2. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    Mine do, it is funny, when one grabs a good size piece it chased by others. [​IMG]
     
  3. catfish/okie

    catfish/okie Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens dont know what it is.
     
  4. B'villechicken

    B'villechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine barely go out in the snow. They better get used to it though because we get in excess of 10 feet per year on the average. Last week when it was in the single digits with wind, they didn't go out at all. The past two days they have ventured out but have not had snowball fights yet. BTW I have 8 Red Stars.
     
  5. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Mine eat ice occasionally but I haven't seem them eat snow
     
  6. steveo

    steveo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens eat the snow off my boots when I go into their coop
     
  7. dappertophatter

    dappertophatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just got two and a half feet of snow. [​IMG] They're gonna be busy- we're renting them out to the neighbors to clear walks & driveways.[​IMG]

    Edited because hlaf isn't a real word [​IMG]
     
  8. PAJerry

    PAJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine also like snow off my boots.
     
  9. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Ours eat it. We put it in their water dish at night so they have some source of water overnight. It's gone in the morning - they eat it all!! [​IMG]
     
  10. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Its only snowed once here so far this year and you'd think I spread poison in the run. They wouldn't come out until it melted!. Silly birds!
     

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