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Winter supplement

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Brightwater Bantams, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Brightwater Bantams

    Brightwater Bantams New Egg

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    Howdy, I free range my flock in my yard with little trouble until this time of year when they start to wander to my neighbor's. I'm convinced they expand their foraging territory as the available food decreases. They are on a commercial diet, supplemented with some (I suspect low quality) scratch and also household scraps. Some calcium, though I rarely give it.

    Anybody really step some aspect of the feed in winter? If I can solve this through diet I'll be thrilled. Otherwise I'll have to shrink my flock and keep them penned when I'm at work.
    TIA!
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    What's different this time of year? Fewer bugs? Maybe it's the protein that's reduced in their diet right now.
     
  3. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    try premier layer booster. we give ours turnips and greens that are still in the garden.
     
  5. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (aka BOSS) and alfalfa hay can help considerably at this time of year.
     
  6. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Cool! Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  7. fayeoli

    fayeoli Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow that chunky chicken caviar sounds yummy stuff. I have 3 Orpingtons and 2 Polish and I give them some dried mealworm that they sell for wild birds, I just give them a handful and they go mad for it, very high in protein, they also like black sunflower seeds. You can also buy some suet mixture balls for wild birds I may try that if its suitable for the chooks for a little treat when its really cold.
     
  8. fayeoli

    fayeoli Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I just duplicated the above post and can only edit it, don't know how to delete it![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011

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