Chicken Feed: Preparing for Summer - Scratch Grain and Water

Betty

Do you change up the scratch grain mix for summer with your chickens?  We do.  Although chickens absolutely love the cracked corn treat prominent in this mix, the corn portion is more important for winter months than summer as it helps raise their body temperature to keep them cozy on cool days and nights.

In the spring and summer we use the same scratch grain mix, but dilute it with rolled oats and black oil sunflower seeds.  The oats help to naturally cool body temperature and the sunflower seeds are just an extra special treat.  The sunflower seeds also make their feathers shiny.

Another addition we make to our feed and water routine is to keep electrolytes on hand for summer days where the humidity and/or heat is high.  We interrupt our usual addition of 1-2 T. cider vinegar per gallon of water to their drinking water in exchange for electrolytes, when needed, during the heat of summer.  The special mix for chickens works in the same manner as sports drinks for people, helping to replenish necessary minerals.  You can find a mix at just about every online store that offers products for chickens, as well as many local feed stores and I recently spotted packets at our local Tractor Supply store.

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Chicken Water
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The Chicken Coop at Cobble Hill Farm
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9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for the reminder - i need to stock up on some electrolyte powder for my horses before the heat of summer arrives...

Snooks said...

Great info on the feed. Thanks Staci for posting. One that I will be referencing back to.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

daisy said...

I'm learning so much about chickens! Thanks for sharing.

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

I always learn something when I read your blog...will come in handy when we finally get our few backyard chickens! Thanks!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks all! Just trying to pass along the little things I learn. :)

tonya said...

ok this may sound silly..what is the apple cider vinegar for??? this is all new to me and I am absorbing everything!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Tonya - not a silly question at all! Cider vinegar is good for them internally as well as helps prevent upper respiratory issues and the passing of bacteria back and forth between the chickens.

Anonymous said...

Hi Staci ~ Can I use the same electrolyte powder I use for my horses for my ladies? Or do I need to get one that is specific for them? Thanks ~ Deb :)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Deb - the simple answer is, I'm not sure. The electrolyte powder I use lists all the animals it can be used for so if yours doesn't list other animals, I'm not so sure I would use it.