We've had multiple weeks of temps staying below freezing morning and night, and this weekend added a foot of snow. My flock, which typically got 2-3 hours/day of free range time, is now sliding around icy snow tunnels that are taller than them, and are pretty much reduced to their run and my garage, which has been overtaken as a chicken playground. I have two questions: 1. It seems like they are eating almost none of their layer pellets. It's been a few days since I've had to add any new pellets to either of their feeders. I see them pick a few pieces out, but it's not in any significant quantity. I'm wondering if the pellets, which are left outside overnight, can actually freeze and become unpalatable to them? Otherwise, I can't understand why they wouldn't be eating even more than usual in this cold weather. 2. Over the past couple of days, I'm seeing some watery diarrhea- almost like what you'll see in the summer when they are very hot and drinking a ton of water. This started happening at the same time their ability to forage was cut off by the extreme snow. I'm wondering if maybe they were getting more out of free ranging than I though they were, and this is just a temporary shock to their digestive system? If helpful, this is their diet: They are fed free choice Vermont Organics layer pellets. They have free choice oyster shell and grit (I just upped the grit because of the lack of free ranging options). They get about 1 cup of scratch scattered in the run daily, about a cup of warm rice with probiotics in the morning, and usually some sort of leafy green. On these very cold days, I've been making a warm mash in the afternoons, pouring hot water over their layer pellets (this is about the only layer pellet I think they're getting), and adding oatmeal and maybe some corn, raisins or apple. They seem to be drinking well and always have access to unfrozen water.