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Nutrition going into the fall and winter months

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Angus2914, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. Angus2914

    Angus2914 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, would like some ideas on the nutrition required for my chickens going into the fall and winter months. They are in very good shape, what vitamins could be added to the diet to help with their overall condition, thanks.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Here's a link to an article on winter chicken keeping. Down the way is a section about feeding. I think folks feed about the same in winter as other months but perhaps supplement a little more scratch or black oil sunflower for added fat. Here's the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-chicken-keeping
    Best of luck!
     
  3. Angus2914

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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    My answer is Adding nothing......Keep feeding as usual....I live in North Central Alberta, Canada.....Brrrrrrr!
    When temps are dipping Below -20 Celsius and a Wind Chill of -30 Celsius I give a little scratch grain with corn...Other than that, Chickens do great!!

    Cheers!
     
  5. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I up the protein a bit in the fall to help them through the molt a little quicker with mealworms or by mixing in some higher protein grower formula with their regular feed. I also add BOSS to their scratch.
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I have had good luck with fermenting scratch. I feed a bit of the water-soaked grain. Even if it freezes solid, it can be picked apart, where as the fermented crumbles, just froze in a solid block, and mine did not eat it. The soaked grain, helped them get a bit of extra moisture too.

    Wind breaks, really help. Encourages them to go out, get some exercise and fresh air. Makes them eat better.

    I think the weather does influence how much they eat. I try and do it so that at night, there is very little left in the bowl. If empty, I feed a bit more the next day, if still quite a bit left, I feed less.

    Mrs K
     

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