Winter feed for layers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ScottyHOMEy, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm in coastal Maine where the winter weather is not as severe as it is up north and inland, but can still get down to 10 below or less, with a couple of stretches of a week or more where the highs won't go above 20-25.

    As far as their combs, all my birds are good for winter -- BO, BR, WW and red and black sexlinks. All but the sexlinks are loose-feathered birds, so they'll be fine as far as the temps. The sexlinks are of more concern. I'm sure they'll be fine, but wondering how I might change/supplement their feed to ease any stress from the cold.

    But what would I add, protein or carbs, to let them make more metabolic heat for themselves? Most layer feeds are 16% protein, I've found one from Blue Seal that is 17%. If protein would help I could mix the layer feed with something of higher protein. If carbs are the answer, I could add cracked corn or scratch to the layer feed. Could go either way, supplementing either with oyster shell to keep the calcium up in either case.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011
  2. riane'smimi

    riane'smimi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would add a little cracked corn in the evening as it is a warming food so it will help during the night.
     
  3. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    riane'smimi :

    I would add a little cracked corn in the evening as it is a warming food so it will help during the night.

    Nope! But we've been over that topic many times.

    I would ensure the birds have free access to as much of a quality layer ration as they want. Don't forget the water either.

    Jim​
     
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