Warming chicken food can be a great help to your chickens during the winter. When the temperature gets really cold, don’t be afraid to give your chickens a warm breakfast to help them stay warm all day.
If you’re wondering what sort of warm treats your chickens might like, here are three warm snacks they will really appreciate during the winter!
Oatmeal is great source of carbohydrates to give your chickens. You don’t actually have cook the oatmeal for your chickens: simply add hot water to oats and let them soften slightly. Dump it outside for your girls and watch them go crazy. You could also add hot water to soften up their feed as well.
Cooked Squash / Pumpkins
Another treat chickens love is cooked squash or pumpkins. If you grew any in your garden or bought any for décor that have gone over-ripe in the winter, here’s what to do. Take of the stem, poke a few holes in the squash and bake at 350 for an hour. After they cooled to the touch (half hour or so) toss them out to the chickens. I bet you’ll even get a few wild birds coming over for this delicious treat!
Cooked Eggs with Shells
Here’s the rub – during the winter those deadbeat chickens take a break from laying eggs so they’re harder to come by, but your chickens would really appreciate a warm snack of cooked eggs if you’re so inclined. Just scramble up the eggs and then for an added bonus, toss in the crushed eggshell as well. By the way, save the salt and pepper for your own eggs – the chickens don’t need the sodium.
In addition to the warm breakfasts, it’s also a good idea to give your chickens a handful of cracked corn at bedtime. Digesting that corn through the night will help their little bodies stay warmer. And don’t forget that warm water is also a nice thing to provide your chickens during the cold winter months.
What warm snacks have you found that your chickens devour?