Winter feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mimi and the Peeps, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Mimi and the Peeps

    Mimi and the Peeps In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2011
    Fort Gratiot
    I have 13 hens that are totally free range. I give them scratch, and was told that they have enough protein from the bugs and critters they eat. But come winter, do they have to be supplemented with another grain? They will begin laying shortly.

  2. WalkerH

    WalkerH Songster

    Most people on here will tell you they need to have some sort of feed, not just scratch. Come winter you will need to feed them around .3 lbs a day of feed, as they won't find much of anything depending on were you live. Someone else will elaborate further, they will probably have more knowledge too. Good luck though.
  3. saladin

    saladin Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    Alot depends on where you live. Here in the deep South I feed Shelled Corn to the free rangers. No, I don't add anything more in the winter than at any other time. Why? The mice will make up for the lack of bugs and I have plenty of greens/grass/legumes for them to eat.

    If you are in an area of snow, then that's a whole different ballgame. I would surely change the feed and up the protein to at least 16%.
  4. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    I would feed them some chicken feed. Mine free range but also have chicken feed. they need that for their diet.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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