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Winter Chicken Edition: Soup

Winter is here! As I type this, the snow is falling outside and it's Christmas Eve! Every year, I dream of a white Christmas and I'm so excited that it is happening on my first Christmas as a married woman! Alright, back on subject. Chickens, Megan, think chickens... My girls are currently braving the winter weather and all I can think is, "Ok ladies, how can I best help you stay warm...? I know, SOUP!"

Since it's so stinking cold outside, I knew they needed a little something to warms them up. In addition to the vegetable scraps they get daily, this soup has become quite the favorite among these ladies!

When it comes to our chickens, I try my hardest to feed them as best I can and give them things that will help them stay strong and healthy . There are plenty of natural remedies and to aid in healthy chickens. For us, healthy chickens means healthy (and often better tasting) eggs. Today, I will share with you some of the basics I have learned when it comes to natural chicken keeping.

Today's soup featured rolled oats, scratch grains, parsley, garlic, apple cider vinegar and lots of hot water. Don't worry, I let it cool down a bit before I brought it out to them. However, when it's 28 degrees outside, I'm sure they were thankful for water that wasn't frozen over! This soup turned out to be just what my girls needed on a cold December day..

Oats: Oats are a great treat for chickens. They are an excellent source of vitamins and proteins, but are specifically high in calcium. This is essential for egg laying hens because it helps build a strong egg shell.

Parsley: Not only does parsley contain a large amount of vitamins, it also promotes circulatory system development and stimulates egg laying! Who knew an herb could do so much for chicken health?I plan to start growing some in our indoor garden to have on hand for them year round. It's an easy treat!

Scratch Grains: Scratch grains are low in protein and high in calcium, neither of which form a complete diet for chickens but I like to use scratch grains as a treat. Scratch grains help promote the natural behaviors of a chicken such as socialization and foraging.