Hi all, I've noticed my chickens eating snow lately. They appear to prefer eating snow over using horiontal nipple watterers, although open containers of water are their first choice. They were raised on vertical nipple watterers from day one, and that is how I usually supply water during the summer.. (I took away open waterers in the booder after a week or two, as soon as I saw all of them using the nipples.) They are apparently very healthy. They free range most of the day, scratching up any patches of bare ground they can find. They seem to find some of their own food even in winter, as they consume about twice as much commercial feed on those days when they are confined. The five of them have been laying an average of about 4 eggs per day since mid-January, when they were 7 months old. (One, the Golden Comet, had started laying in November at 5 months.) Should I consider snow-eating a reasonable backup option for water suppy? I am thinking of always keeping a container of snow in their enclosure (a roofed tractor) in case their supply of liquid water freezes up on days I have to confine them and I'm not saround to bring them more water as soon as it freezes. Is there any possible harm from them eating snow? Friendly greetings to all, Poppy ! each: Black Sex Link, Golden Comet, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Golden Laced Wyandotte.