Winter feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by richje100, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. richje100

    richje100 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2009
    UK, Wales
    Hi guys,

    Does anyone change the feeding habits during the cold winter months? someone told me they wont be eating much laying pellets as they go off the lay (plus they are moulting). The do have access to vegitation (weeds, grass, tree trunks for bugs etc...) but also a plentifull supply of pellets
  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    I don't change a thing...
  3. jqs birds

    jqs birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2009
    Western Colorado
    I give them handfulls of corn in the evening as it is a hot food and helps them stay warm at night. Besides they love it.
  4. Dr HaHa

    Dr HaHa Grinning Chicken Lips

    Feb 11, 2009
    Nekoosa Wi.
    Thinking of making suet balls with bird seed and cracked corn and hang them from the ceiling. Have plenty of lard from a butchered pig. Think maybe it will give them something to play with and some "hot" food. Any input would be appreciated. [​IMG]
  5. richje100

    richje100 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2009
    UK, Wales
    regards to corn raising temperatures, Ive seen many arguments about whether it doe or not. im confused
  6. Cockadoodledon't

    Cockadoodledon't Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont think that the statement of corn raising temps of the bird is a problem with winter feeding. It is more applicable to climates where the outside temp is quite high, and where the elevation of temperature could cause harm/death to the birds.
    In cooler climates probably not an issue.
  7. richje100

    richje100 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2009
    UK, Wales
    prblem with my birds & corn, they dont seem to like it very much. ive mixed a little in with the pellets in the past & they seem to leave the corn
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    During our severe prolonged winters my hens eat about 3X as much. I think it depends on your climate.
  9. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    I hang suet feeders in the winter, and feed a lot of alfalfa hay.
  10. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    This is my 1st winter with them but I plan on feeding them like I currently do!
    It's just not going to be as much fun to go see them twice a day like it was this past summer, it will become more of a "chore" with the colder weather!! I really dislike Cold weather and being out in it!!

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