On these cold days, I make sure that the girls have some fresh hay to scratch around in (no straw since the bunny lives with them and it can poke his sweet little eyeballs) with some high protein snack mix hidden in it for some added entertainment. The hay also gives them something to stand on besides the cold snow. Chickens love to scratch and they make short work of a flake of hay inside the run!
Here is an example of what is in their winter snack mix (that the bunny also loves to eat too). This varies in quantities every time I mix it. A little of this, a little of that:
Rolled Oats (not the instant kind)
Flaxseed meal (for added Omega 3=more nutritious eggs for us)!
Black Oil Sunflower seeds
Variety Nut mix-peanuts, sunflowers, pistachios,etc (I found this at Wal-Mart in the bird seed section for $9 for a 5lb bag!)
*HINT: Check with your local farm and/or bird/pet supply stores and ask what they do with their damaged bags of the above items. You just might score a sweet deal!
Of course our critters always have their regular feed, oyster shell, grit and fresh water available at all times as well. I try to feed them the treats in the late afternoon/evening before they go to bed, as this raises their body temperature a bit while they digest the high protein content and helps to keep everyone warmer as they snuggle up on the roost at night. They will also get the occasional bowl of cooked, warm oatmeal as a nice treat on a frigid day, much like today. Even Odice partakes in this belly (or crop)-warming delight! Keep your Critters warm and Carry On!