Feeding flock over winter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by OrganicFarmWife, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small flock of chickens, 7, that I am going to try to keep over winter. My husband farms and grows soybeans, some corn, and wheat. He gave me several large seed bags full of soybeans and corn to feed the chickens over winter.
    I have read all about needing to boil soybeans before feeding them and that is not a problem. But what is cracked corn? can I just take the corn and crush it with a hammer?
    Also do I need to supplement with anything else?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Because natural forage is so limited/non-existent in the winter, providing a good, solid feed program is even more important and, unfortunately, soy beans and corn will not provide the nutritional needs of your birds in and of itself. If anything they could make a nice supplement/treat to be fed in addition to a base diet of a good, nutritionally sound poultry ration (whether commercially packaged or home formulated).
     
  3. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what would be required for a home formulated feed?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    ol grey mare is correct, as for corn, I feed it whole, no need to crack it unless you are feeding tiny chickens.
     

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