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Keeping chickens through the winter

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lovemygirls2016, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. lovemygirls2016

    lovemygirls2016 Hatching

    Sep 18, 2016
    I will be raising chickens through the winter and this will be a first for me. What do u guys recommend to feed them? How much should I feed them? Any other advice you can give me would be helpful. Thanks ladies

  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens! I am actually getting ready to go through my first winter with chickens as well! I have heard that using the Deep Litter method helps keep the coop warm (more info about the deep litter method here:https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/70/deep-litter-method) I have also heard that feeding your chickens cracked corn helps generate body heat as well. I hope you enjoy Backyard chickens as much as I have and have alot of fun!
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    I found a thread on this..it's older, but can help.


    I noticed that someone mentioned kale. I have some planted..will see how it grows through the winter. I also do what's called .. fodder. Will check in a min. to see if I can find a thread on that..and a photo of mine. They love it!

    I also give them Calf Manna..yes..it's for chickens too. This is a great protein supplement throughout the winter, and it doesn't take much when feeding them a good feed.

    Here is a youtube explaining fodder. There are others you can look at while in there.

    Here are a couple of photos of some that I had just started..it grows fast!



    Here is a photo of the calf manna. I will give them some once in a while in the summer, only a handful about once a week. In the winter, a handful around 3 times a week.

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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Just make sure they have a coop which is well ventilated but free of drafts. In most places is doesn't get cold enough for chickens to have any problems. Anything above 0 they don't even seem to feel! As for feed, feed the same thing you would during the summer. Layer feed (or grower feed depending on the age/sex/species in your flock) supplemented with up to 10% treats. Cracked corn is a good option for treats during the winter, since it helps them keep warm.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    What type of roosts do you have? If you use a 2 x 4 - have the wide side UP. Chickens like to lay their heads down on their feet to keep them warm.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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