Winter feeding tips?

Inkheart

Songster
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Aug 15, 2010
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I was curious - as i am newer to chickens - but i know my girls LOVE LOVE LOVE bugs and so forth - what does everyone feed in the winter and as far as bugs go - does anyone feed meal worms or anything like that to get them to spring?
Thanks
 

digitS'

Crowing
13 Years
Dec 12, 2007
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Mostly, the calories have to increase with the colder weather.

Protein is always important since eggs are made up, so much, of protein. But, as the hens have to use more calories to stay warm, they are eating more of their feed. That means their protein intake increases, along with every other nutrient.

If bugs equal protein, you should have less concern there.

Steve

ETA: I am more inclined to feed treats and scratch as colder weather moves in.
 
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mdbokc

Songster
10 Years
Jun 22, 2009
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Oklahoma County, OK
I mix in some gamebird feed with the layer. The gamebird is about 28-30%. It has ended the "crying" that typically takes place when the bug population dies off.
 

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