Winter feed: corn mix, or pellets ?
I've always fed pellets, now I am at a farm with only 1 other horse. To simply matters I used the same mix that the farmer has always fed his animals last winter.
2 bags TizWhiz pellets(the least expensive of their line)
1 bag oats
1 bag corn
My problem is the birds.
The birds eat the by-products and peck all the manure to shreds and I can't pick it out of the sawdust. The birds did not pick apart the manure from my horse when he was fed pellets, only his mare's. I want to go back to pellets this winter and to put his mare on pellets too. I like birds, but this is too much.
The farmer is concerned that pellets don't have the added fat without protein that he says the corn provides to keep them warm. The mare is his retired TB who does not tend to get fat even on unlimited pasture, my Appaloosa on the other hand is much wider and heavier than before I moved him here, would have limited his pasture for weight control if I could have. It is an old cattle barn, large, no stalls, 3/4 of the front is open so it gets cold in the winter.
Does corn add fat but not protein?
What type of pellets would add fat but not protein?
Will that help them stay warm?
What brand of pellets would be most like his mix?
Could I achieve the same corn benefits by adding corn oil to pellets?
Does the TB mare need the corn mix, while my gelding does not?
Thanks for any input and advice.