Winter has not been a totally happy time for my hens - they don't like the snow and cold, for one thing. For another, there's no fresh greens and bugs flying around for them to munch on. They have only the bagged feed I provide, and what goodies I can toss in to keep them from getting too bored. "Grandma" (my mom!) saves them table scraps such as tomatoes, peas, and biscuits. The hens cherish these treats, but I don't get to see their Grandma every day. In between time, I give them scratch seed, and have also been feeding them wheat grass.
Wheat and oat grass is easy to sprout yourself. Instructions for sprouting different seeds can be found at SproutPeople, and they also have sprouting contraptions they will sell you, seeds, kits for sprouting, and several styles of juicers. I found it an interesting site to explore! I have flax seed and am going to sprout that for my hens next. The fresh greens aren't hard to grow, and the hens just gobble up the tasty tidbits, clamoring for more! It is good for them, good for their eggs, and ultimately good for ME!
Below is a really fun, short video of sprouting in action! And, if you are interested to learn more about growing your own sprouts for your hens, for your sandwiches, or growing pet grass, be sure to check out sproutpeople!