x2, especially in truly cold climates. I guarantee you my flock would be mostly dead in a week if I tried that. Do they eat some snow? Yeah, sure, but they all run for the waterer whenever I refill it with fresh warm water.I agree with the above posts. Eating snow will lower their core temperature, requiring them to consume more feed to keep pace with the hypothermia taking place. It's better to just give them fresh water at least twice a day.