Too Cold Too Eat

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sgrzybin, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. sgrzybin

    sgrzybin Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in the midwest and it's getting close to 0 degrees at night and barely above 20 in the day. I have noticed that the food intake has decreased. They get fed spinach, kale, oats, wheat, corn, oyster shells, bananas, and mealworms daily. From day to day, the amount of grain that they eat is decreasing, should i be concerned?
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they eat specifically grain or are you talking about their layer ration?
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Maybe they're getting too much of the other stuff? I'm in MN, and it's been in the double-digits below zero here and feed consumption has not noticeably decreased at all. But mine only get their layer feed and some kitchen scraps.
     
  4. sgrzybin

    sgrzybin Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't followed a specific meal rotation for them, so if that is the issue, then I would need to just research what to feed them during the cold weather. The oyster shells, greens, and mealworms are always eaten.
     
  5. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    keep them on a constant layer feed your personal choice but make sure it is at least %16
    then you could mix in some scratch
    add some BOSS

    and that is my mix but start feeding constant layer pellets, crumbles, or mash
    the others are mainly just used as treats
     
  6. sgrzybin

    sgrzybin Out Of The Brooder

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    16% what? and What is BOSS?
     
  7. sgrzybin

    sgrzybin Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, the only way that I was allowed to get chickens is if I only fed them non GMO food (just FYI).
     
  8. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    %16 protein BOSS=Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
    as for the non GMO it is possible to buy nonGMO feed it just takes a bit of extra looking, without the protein from a higher protein feed, your chickens are only getting less than %10 protein.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    A complete, nutritionally balanced feed that has a 16% protein content. BOSS = Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.
     
  10. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are you located if you don't mind me asking.
     

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