Winter can be a challenging month for chicken keepers. Each day we must brave the cold temperatures to care for our flocks. Paths must be shoveled to the coop, the hoses freeze so all water must be brought out in buckets, and it can be a challenge to keep the water we haul our from turning to ice in the waterers. It’s a true test of love and will make-or-break most chicken keepers.
Another thing to contend with is the lack of variety in our flock’s feed. Our chickens free range in the warmer months and in the winter, their selection is pretty much narrowed to what ever we put in their feed bin.
I’ve noticed that in the winter, our hens egg production comes to a screeching halt after the autumn molt. And if we do get an egg, the yolk isn’t that vibrant orange that we get when the girls are rustling around in the grass, eating bugs and weeds, and spending time in the sunshine.
During the winter, I make a point of adding extra kitchen scraps to the feed choices in the coop. We often switch to a higher protein feed, and supplement with meal worm treats and calcium supplements.
In fact, Zach and I set up our first Meal Worm Breeding System about a week ago. I will be keeping you posted in future blogs.
This year, we decided to try a new product to give our girls a boost during the harshest months.
I had heard of the nutritional qualities of Sea buckthorn Berries for humans, but never knew that the benefits translated to animals as well.
“The fruit from the plant, nutritionally dense sea buckthorn berries, contain over 190 beneficial bio-actives including antioxidants, minerals, flavonoids, carotenoids, Vitamins A, B’s, E and 10x more Vitamin C than oranges, plus a spectrum of Omegas including 3, 6, 9 and the highly elusive Omega 7 which is vital for internal and external health. In recent years, studies have found remarkable improvements on everything from gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, urogenital functions to noticeably healthier exteriors.” ~SeaBuck 7
The product is an orange liquid and is to be applied top dress to the feed once a day.
With the first few applications I noticed that our mixed flock of chickens, turkeys, guineas, ducks and geese would eat the Seabuck 7 feed first. They love it!
After two weeks we noticed that any stragglers from late autumn molt had grown back their plumage completely and quicker than usual. We also noticed that the turkey heads, the duck’s beaks and the chicken’s wattles were more vibrant in color. I feel like everyone gets a little grey and pasty in the winter months.
After 4 weeks of using the product we are collecting eggs on a daily basis!!!
And check out these yolks! They look like spring time eggs!
I’m so happy with the product that we are going to start feeding it to our goats as well. I’m anxiously awaiting a gallon of the supplement in the mail.
SeaBuck 7 sent me some lab results showing the difference between a regular grocery store egg and a backyard chicken egg that had been fed the Sea buck 7 supplement. The results are amazing!
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