What Is the Best Thing to Feed Chickens for Eggs?
Oct. 13, 2021
Today's chickens are the descendants of Southeast Asian bush poultry. The mature original hen laid about 12 eggs per year and only during the breeding season, but genetic selection has led to the production of a chicken that can lay nearly 300 eggs per year, all year round. As a result of genetic selection and improved nutrition, hens start laying at a younger age and lay more and larger eggs, all of which increases feed efficiency. Commercial feed from reliable feed shops contains all the nutrients that chickens need in the correct proportions.
A balanced diet is necessary for optimum growth and production. If you are using a good diet that meets the dietary needs of your chickens, supplementing with other foods can upset the dietary balance. The ingredients used in different types of feed are similar, but the proportions vary depending on the particular chickens being fed. Each bag of feed is labelled for its specific purpose.
Medicated feeds are not normally fed to laying hens. Examples of anticoccidial agents added to poultry diets include monensin, rasagliptin, aminoglutethimide and salinomycin. Examples of antibiotics added to feed include bacitracin, chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline. Always check feed labels for any warnings about drugs used in feed.
H-Egg Boost WSP
H-Egg Boost WSP is a highly concentrated water soluble powder formulation of essential vitamins for use as a supplement to other feeding stuffs to meet the chickens vitamin requirements. It is also indicated as an amino acid to increasing egg production in pullets, layers under stress apparently healthy laying chickens, old hens approaching the end of their laying cycle, and breeding flocks.
What are scratch grains for chickens?
Chickens are forced to scratch the ground. They use their toes to stir up litter or scrape the ground in search of various seeds, vegetables, gravel or insects to eat. Laying scratch grains (cracked, rolled or whole grains such as maize, barley, oats or wheat) can encourage this behaviour. Scratch grains are relatively low in protein and high in energy or fibre, depending on the grain used.
When scratch grains for chickens are fed with complete feeds, they dilute the nutrition levels in the carefully formulated diets. Scratch grains are like french fries—chickens that eat too many scratch grains have less of an appetite for more nutritious feed. If you are using scratch grains, feed them to chickens in the afternoon after birds have eaten complete feed, and then provide only as much scratch grains as chickens can finish in 15 to 20 minutes.
H-Super Vita WSP
When feeding scratch grains to chickens, it is also important to provide grit to help the chickens grind and digest the grains properly (since chickens do not have teeth). If chickens have access to the ground, they can typically find enough grit in the form for small rocks or pebbles, but it is helpful to supply commercial grit, which is available in chick or hen size.
Fine gravel is an acceptable substitute for commercial grit. Oyster shell should not be used as grit since it is too soft and does not aid in grinding. In addition, growing chickens have a lower calcium requirement, and too much calcium can adversely affect their kidneys.
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