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Winter Treats for Healthy Chickens

Winter! High carb and protein treats or scratch grains before bed will give your chickens the extra energy they need to keep warm at night. If their egg production has begun to decline, it may just be because their bodies require a lot of energy to keep warm — AND a lot of energy to lay eggs — so their bodies need to prioritize. Some breeds do fare better in the cold than others as well.

Here are some energy-boost treats you can feed your flock to help keep them warm and healthy during those cold winter months.
 


DRY TREATS

  • Grubblies (black soldier fly larvae have more substance, protein, and calcium than meal worms)
  • Black oil sunflower seeds
  • Scratch grains
     



WET TREATS

  • Scrambled or hard-boiled eggs
  • Oatmeal and yogurt


NUTRITIONAL WINTER SUPPLEMENTS

  • Berries
  • Herbs
  • Sprouted grains (rinse, soak, drain – repeat!)
  • Greens (moderate any spinach, as it can hinder calcium absorption and lead to weak shells)


CONTRIBUTOR-SUBMITTED STAPLES

  • Leftover pumpkins
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Garlic mash (on oatmeal)
  • Raisins and parsley (on oatmeal)
  • Pumpkin seeds (on oatmeal)

That's all for now, chicken friends!