Generally speaking, chickens are better at handling cold than heat. Chickens in cold weather, however, require certain safety and nutritional considerations.
Chickens devour most any plant life, which is usually not good for growing. But setting them loose in your fall garden can help you winterize it.
Chickens’ routines change in cold weather, and that affects nutrition. It’s important for us to understand the changes and feed the flock accordingly.
Extras such as grains, scraps and greens should be kept to certain levels, while grit and calcium are supplements that should be available at all times.
As chicks grow into layers their nutrition needs change, as do their ideal feeds. Supplemental concerns such as water and oyster shell also play roles.