Winter Feed Supplements

Winter Feed Supplements
Just as in human diets, excess fat in your chickens’ diet should be limited to prevent unhealthy weight gain and health issues, but when it comes to providing an energy source for your flock through the winter, you just can’t beat it. Chickens (and other mammals) burn more calories and energy trying to keep warm during the cold months than they do when it’s warm outside, and they don’t have access to the bugs and worms, weeds and grass that likely supplement their diet all summer, so they will eat more feed in the winter than they do the rest of the year. Since the feed will likely be their only food source through the winter, in addition to making sure they have access to as much as they want to eat throughout the day, adding a few supplements to the feed will provide them added energy and warmth. Especially just prior to dusk when the chickens are winding down and getting ready to turn in, giving them some scratch grains helps to keep them warm overnight

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