How long will it be before my chickens lay eggs? About 16-20 weeks.

How long do I feed chick starter? Until they lay an egg.

What do I feed my meat birds? Flock Raiser Crumbles

When do I start feeding grit and oyster shell? At full maturity (laying age).

Can’t I just feed scratch? No, the protein content is too low (8% versus 16%).

Tips for Raising Chickens in the Winter

  1. How do you keep chickens warm in winter?

    There is no need to add heat lamps. Chickens, especially cold weather breeds, can handle winter temperatures without the need for extra heat. A chicken’s body temperature is around 106 degrees Fahrenheit, and they have a protective layer of feathers to keep them warm. If you feel it is necessary to have heat, only provide enough to raise the temperature a few degrees. The hens will adjust to the cold temperature, but if it is 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the coop and 0 degrees Fahrenheit in the run, your birds will not be able to regulate their body temperature.

    Ensure feed and water isn’t frozen.

    Consider heated waterers. Feed and water your birds often in freezing temperatures. Their energy needs increase in winter. Animals expend a considerable amount of energy to stay warm and will eat more feed. Complete layer feeds include all the energy hens need. the 90/10 rule still applies in winter.

    What do I feed my chickens in the winter?

    Feeding a complete layer feed like Purina Layena will provide the necessary nutrition hens need through the winter.

For more information about raising your chickens in the winter go to Purina Mills Online Education