Winter Treats for Chickens

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 05 July 2016

If you live in an area where the temperature plummets in winter, there are definitely some warming foods you can give your girls to ensure they are able to weather the elements with ease.

Again, fresh water is always important – many chickens don’t get enough because their water supply freezes without their owner’s knowledge! So ensure their water stays fresh, not frozen.

When the temperature is cold, chickens will also consume more feed (just like humans tend to consume more hearty meals to keep warm!), so keep in mind you might have to dish out a little egg-stra at dinner time.

Some warming treats you can feed your flock to keep them healthy and happy include warm porridge (made with water, not milk), and you can also warm up their normal lay mash!

So, what do chickens eat in winter?

  • Fresh water (make sure it’s not frozen!)

  • Warm porridge (made with water)

  • Egg-stra serves of feed

  • Warmed up feed

Chicken treats for winter

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