Have you ever wondered what to feed your chickens for breakfast on these very cold days? Well a warm meal may just help.
Over the last few weeks I've been visiting the girls as usual each morning but I've been taking somewhat of a different approach, taking on board the points from a recent guest post focussing on Winter chicken care. Each morning I've visited with a large bottle of warm water, which is very slow to freeze, and a nice warm breakfast.
I'm sure the girls would be fine without this extra meal but I'm also convinced they really appreciate it and if the way they approach the meal is anything to go by then I'm almost certain they look forward to it each morning.
The recipe mainly consists of layers pellets and boiled water. This ensures that your chickens still get the necessary balanced diet that promotes good growth and egg production but it can also be added to each day to provide variation. I tend to use porridge oats or rice with fruit and vegetables. At the moment banana is a particular favourite. At this time of year I also tend to add a few mealworms to the mix for added protein. This extra protein also supports chickens that are moulting or have recently moulted.
I'm still relatively new to chicken keeping but this seems to work a treat as I'm still getting two eggs a day and the girls are thriving.
This little menace also enjoys the walk to the chickens and right now she is loving the powdery white snow that blankets the plot, along with her Mum and our other dog.
Do you use any other methods of keeping your chickens warm and fed? Do you have any particular recipes or additional treats that you would recommend?