grannys gone and done it

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  1. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    I'm going to try some this winter as a greens supplement. My birds are so used to getting garden scraps that winter can be very lacking. I usually buy cabbage for them, because its cheaper than some of the other greens available in the grocery store. I would really love to have a root cellar that I could store a lot of the fall crops for my family & for the birds.
     
  2. napdognewfie

    napdognewfie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a lot of different ways to make a root cellar. And a lot of sizes.
     
  3. twisted-acres-farm

    twisted-acres-farm Maiah and daughter dob aug 2, 2017 Premium Member

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    Question are chickens smart enough to not eat what won't "go thru" them. Like pumpkin seeds??
     
  4. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    I don't have a place to store hay or fields to grow it, so I use wood shavings in my nest boxes. Usually on the coop floor as well, but I'm going to try to keep the contractors sand on my coop floors for as long as I can this year. Buying bales of wood shavings gets costly & this year I will have 4 coops running thru the winter.
     
  5. napdognewfie

    napdognewfie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mine pumpkin guts and seeds. They love it.
     
  6. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    Mine love pumpkins seeds, they just break them down to small pieces. In fact pumpkin seeds are one of their favorite treats.
     
  7. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    You have me thinking (rarity) I have all pullets under 1 yr. On grower w/ oyster shell 10/15 laying now. My youngert 5 are only a week or 2 from laying. I was going to switch to layer. Winter here is not at all cold. We can dip below 30 rarely, but...we have sudden drops, and my hens are NOT acclimated below 60. We're in for a historically wet winter. They predict 200% of normal rainfall. Think I'd be better to switch to Flock Raiser for added protein?
     
  8. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

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    I need to check into that. I'm sure there are tons of ideas on U-Tube.
     
  9. napdognewfie

    napdognewfie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's why they have a gizzard. The rocks grind up the food.
     
  10. ChickenLady2014

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    It does help, I also give them boss before bed time. I normally toss about a cup on the floor of the coop for 25 hens. Gives them that little bit of extra protein to keep them warm at night.

    Just be certain to have grit free choice in their coop in the winter if their run is snow covered. They will need that to break down the boss. I'm sure you know this though if you are already feeding them oats.
     
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