02-28-2014, 07:06 PM
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I would leave the grain/feed alone and start by feeding each of them 1 more hay flake at each meal...
If you could break that into a 3rd mid day feeding it would be great or a nightime late feeding...
So instead of 4 flakes they will get 6 minimum a day to start....
It has been awful cold and nasty weather near everywhere this winter.
All animals such as livestock need the extra food...they are burning huge amounts of calories trying to stay warm...makes no difference whether in a barn or outside the animals know the difference in the weather and their bodies are working overtime trying to keep them warmer.
To me...if they are cleaning up all the hay, none wasted...they need more.
Their appearance is telling you they are hungry...better to up their hay source than push the grain or supplement line..
If after increasing their hay they still look poorly, then increase their grain/feed.
Make sure you feed minimum amounts of whatever grain you use so their daily nutritional needs are met. Measure by weight not volume as the bag instructs...
If you use supplements, feed it as a supplement top-dressing their feed, not figured into the per-day grain amount...you short-change their nutritional requirements otherwise.