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Keeping chickens through the winter

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

  1. lovemygirls2016

    lovemygirls2016 New Egg

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    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

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    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

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

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/205810/winter-feeding

    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!

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    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 Chicken Obsessed

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  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

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    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 Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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