winter treats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by birdginia, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. birdginia

    birdginia Out Of The Brooder

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    Finally we got snow in the northern woods- in a big way!

    My girls will not even come out of the coop - I would like to prepare a hot treat for them - any ideas? Cook up their cracked corn?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I've cooked cracked corn for my pigs and gave some to the hens, they loved it! Add a lot of water, about 2 parts water to 1 part corn. When you boil it for a few minutes and let it cool down the consistency will be like really lumpy porridge, so be careful if you feed it warm, it may feel cool to the touch, but be very hot inside the clumps. I've burned my fingers quite badly a few times when I broke it up! Even after I let it sit for most of the day. Break it up with a fork and check the temperature before you feed it.

    Here's a great thread that will give some more ideas for winter treats:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...the-oatmeal-so-what-other-foods-for-cold-days
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012
  3. woody1

    woody1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted this elsewhere on this forum yesterday.
    Our girls have been getting warm, moist mash with ground muskrat in it for the past couple of weeks. The muskrat is cooked. They love it and need the extra animal protein as they're coming out of molt. It's winter too!
    They've got snow in their yard but certainly come out for their warm treats.
    Regards, Woody
     
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  4. birdginia

    birdginia Out Of The Brooder

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    Fabulous - I actually have some cracked corn cooking on the stove right now - yes, your suggestion to make sure it is cool is good - I think I will put the pot in the snow to cool down, give the girls some this morning and evening too - happy soltice!
     
  5. birdginia

    birdginia Out Of The Brooder

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    love the protein idea - may have to use peanut butter unless my cat brings home a rodent - muskrat? Do you trap it yourself? fascinating!
     
  6. woody1

    woody1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do trap them. No sense letting the carcass go to waste. Regards, Woody
     
  7. BrendaChick

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    Do you have to cook the rodent? Or can you trap gofers and throw them into the run in the winter?
     

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