How to feed chickens in the country
Eggs and meat obtained from domestic chickens are considered delicacy and have a high cost, so it is reasonable to raise the issue of breeding a bird in its home garden.
The breeding of chickens in the country is an undertaking that requires your constant participation. You have to come there every day to check if everything is in order, to feed your pets and collect the eggs they have brought down.
At first it may seem that the question of what to feed the chickens is not particularly relevant nowadays, as specialized stores offer a large selection of balanced chicken feeds. This food for chickens and chickens contains all vitamins and microcells necessary for poultry.
Nevertheless, it must be remembered that when feeding a bird only with mixed fodder, the quality of domestic eggs will be the same as that of the shops. But if you want to get tasty and very useful eggs, then the bird needs to ensure proper nutrition.
Therefore, it is necessary to dwell on the question of feeding in more detail.
What to feed chickens in the summer
In the warm season, the bird looks reluctantly towards the filled mixed fodder, because there are many other more delicious food around. With free-range, chickens eat different bugs, worms, larvae, do not forget to peck green grass and all that ripens in the garden. In general, if you can release them on free bread, then in the summer the problem of feeding will be reduced to a minimum. In the summer, it is desirable to feed the chicken with mixed fodder less often, none of us (except for the producers) know what it is actually made from and how useful. Eating it, the feathery cast doubt on and benefit the eggs they carried.
In the summer, chickens are content with any food leftovers from the owners table. The exception is salty and excessively sweet food, giving it to hens is by no means possible. A treat for them is wheat.
If there is no natural reservoir on or near the site, the container with water should be changed once a day.
What to feed chickens in winter
In winter, in the absence of pasture, the issue of bird nutrition needs to be given more attention. You can keep chickens in warm or cold chicken coops. Experienced poultry farmers argue that the room is lighter and warmer, the better the bird feels, eats better. As a consequence, egg production increases. But here there were pitfalls. The fact that the chicken - this is not an automatic machine for the production of eggs. Like nature, it needs a winter rest. Therefore, the room for keeping the bird should be light, but rather cool to give chickens the opportunity to rest from the production of eggs. By the way, I want to note that most of the breeds of chickens tolerate 30 degrees of frost, along the way strengthening their immunity. From them in the spring you will get large, nutritious and delicious eggs.
It should be noted that, wintering in such Spartan conditions, chickens continue to rush at the slightest warming. Of course, in smaller quantities than in the summer, but still rushing.
It is quite difficult to manually feed the mixture for laying hens, therefore the main dish in the winter for them is mixed fodder, leftovers from the owners' dinner table will do as well.
For guaranteed full nutrition of the birds, it is better to feed them with chicken feed in winter, since it includes all the necessary vitamins and microelements. Periodically, you can give germinated grain.
If the bird is in a pen and can not move freely around the site, then in the henhouse there must certainly be small pebbles, coarse sand or crushed stone, which, getting into the stomach, helps to process the feed.
The question of chicken drinking in winter is decided by itself, as frost and snow they like more than water. But if the bird does not go out into the street at all, then water can not be dispensed with. Before feeding the chickens, you need to change the water in the water bowl.
With the correct selection of the breed, this bird will become the simplest living animal in your backyard, which will always delight you with its beauty and valuable food!