I see lots of posts mentioning free-ranging birds in northern tier United States. States like mine that get a lot of snow and the grass is not seen till late February. Some of these posts sound like they expect the birds to be able to find a lot of their own food out there. Am I just reading these wrong? I just don't see my birds foraging and finding much in the deep snow. The wild pheasants, quail and grouse have a devil of a time surviving in wilderness areas, I'm thinking my flock will find less food in the yard / garden / field environment I'm in. Right now there is a 3-foot drift of snow across the pop-door, and I don't think the family will be keen on shoveling a way for the birds to get out. We'll feed hay and cabbage and meat scraps in addition to bought feed. They'll have to wait for a thaw to get to grass.