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Does anyone use vegetables/fruit to supplement WATER in winter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Uzuri, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    (geeze, you can tell how dull this weeks has been at work... how many new posts have I started in the last three days? :p )

    So, does anyone here give their chickens something with a decent water content to help them through cold days? I've found that if I toss a zucchini in with them it takes longer than the water to freeze solid and they really hit it pretty hard. I wouldn't completely replace the waterer with vegetable matter I don't think, but it's nice to know that they're able to get moisture even if the water freezes before I can get home to break it up for them.

    So does anyone else do this? And what foods have you found work best/have the highest water content/take the longest to freeze?
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes. I'm using the last of my acorn squash in the coop. Just put a couple of slits in the skin to motivate the birds and they will go through one every day or two. I simply put on the shavings in the coop. I also use some diced apple with shredded cabbage morning and evening so that their crops contain some plant enzymes and moist feed.

    I also have wild bird suet in the coop at all times to increase the fat content in their systems during the cold.

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    Last edited: Jan 6, 2010
  3. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lettuce. I give my boys and girls a bucket full per coop [​IMG] They LOVE it!
     
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Year round:

    A variety of cut up:

    grapes
    blueberries
    blackberries
    raspberries
    apple
    tomato
    squash
    cantelope
    watermelon
    and so on....
     

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