Withholding food in cold weather

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bja105, May 18, 2009.

  1. bja105

    bja105 Out Of The Brooder

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    I moved my 3 week old + Cornish crosses outside Friday, but I still have them free feeding. I know its time for 12 on 12 off, but we had a frost last night, and will again tonight.

    Does eating help chickens keep warm? If it does, I'll wait another day to pull their feed. If not, they fast tonight.


    I lost most of my beans last night. I had 2 - 30' rows planted. Everything else did fine, including the birds. The heat lamp was popular.
     
  2. chirpchirp

    chirpchirp Out Of The Brooder

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    idk about the feeding - but i lost alot beans too! (and watermelon) i was SO MAD! it's almost june darn it!
     
  3. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    You're still getting frost in PA?? Wow- is there any way to put a heat lamp on your birds at night? I'm still doing it with my 7 week olds- it helps with piling, and it won't hurt them, even though they don't need it. I don't know about whether or not eating raises their temps, but I've heard that they don't eat in the dark anyway. I take my food away at night starting at three weeks regardless of temp.
     
  4. zephyrcreek

    zephyrcreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to my Biology and Anatomy classes, yes digestion does raise the body temp. I have also had horses for years and there have been many studies showing that feeding extra hay during cold snaps really help the horses to maintain their body temps. I would assume the same would apply to chickens if they are eating.
     

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