Southern Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by alabiologist, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. alabiologist

    alabiologist Out Of The Brooder

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    We received about 4" of snow yesterday which is very rare for Alabama, especially on Christmas. We only let our chickens free-range when we are around to keep an eye on them due to predators. Usually they are begging to get out of the run to free-range, but when I opened the run this morning, no one would go out in the snow. We finally cleared an area around the run and they got out into that, but would not touch the snow. It was pretty funny to watch.
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do the same thing in the north--it just starts earlier in the season and lasts longer.[​IMG]
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    We had snow flurries for about 30 minutes this morning and my chickens hid behind two large trash cans up against the house.[​IMG]
     
  4. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's my Alabama chickens, looking around at the Christmas snow - I feed them outside, so they have to go out...there's chicken tracks all over the pen, where they've been exploring and digging!
     
  5. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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    I live in Louisiana and when it snowed last year the were having a blast in it!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Jx2inNC

    Jx2inNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When the snow falls and the waterers freeze...can anyone verify that chickens will peck/eat snow for water?
     
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They eat everything else.
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:I can verifiy they will consume snow and ice. Drinkable water requirment appears reduced during cold times as well. Birds in general very good at scavenging water from fecal waste and considerable amounts of water is produced as waste associated with metabolism of food. When cold they may also be able to tightly control loss of water through respiratory tract.

    Some of my birds on walks appear to go for days or even weeks without access to liquid water without apparent stress. Same birds will not pass up liquid water if they find it.
     
  9. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I go into the coop to do chores with snow on my boots they gobble it up--kind of a pita to have a flock of birds hovering around your feet pecking at them. However, when they go outside they seem to ignore it. I suppose if they didn't have anything else, they could survive on snow.
     
  10. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I can't wait until my see snow! I want to see what they do!

    -Nate
     

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