Given the obvious value of the right kinds of fat in human diets, I've been pondering the wisdom of giving suet to my backyard chickens. It's not too cold in Seattle yet (hovering at 50F), but I've noticed that on windy, rainy days, the "girls" tend to remain huddled in their house, away from the weather, and they don't eat nearly as much as they do on more temperate days.
I have a few blocks of wild bird suet, the kind mixed with seeds, and I'm wondering if anyone has given this to their chickens in the winter. I did some searching, but most of what I found followed CW with statements like "if fat is bad for people, why give it to your chickens?" so I can't really trust anyone.
I know there are not nearly as many juicy bugs out there this time of year, so will suet be a good chicken supplement? I gave them a block today, and they pecked at it with enthusiasm for a little while, and then ignored it, so I think they could be trusted not to eat the whole block all at once. Any of you primal folks with chickens?