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Nutrition Guide For Backyard Chicken

Nutrition Guide For Backyard Chicken

Effective and proper nutrition is essential for a successful poultry business. A good management strategy is also important for getting the most out of it. Nutrition requirements for free range or backyard chicken is quite different from the ones that are used for the commercially domesticated chicken.

Nutritional Components Of The Diet

  • Generally, all diets used for poultry contains protein, carbohydrates, various minerals, vitamins and fats.

  • Protein plays a vital role in the process of egg making as well as developing quality meat.

  • Calcium is also important as they help to develop stronger bones and make the shells around the eggs that are laid.

  • Through a well balanced diet consisting of vitamins, proteins and other nutrient components, it will help the chickens to combat various diseases and virus attacks.

Nutritional Requirements For Broiler and Layer

  • All broilers and layers require proteins as well as other components of poultry nutrition which they will use to carry out several survival and reproduction functions.

  • Besides egg production and shell formation for layers, protein also ensures that all the amino acids are supplied to the regions of the chicken where they are required.

  • Protein is also important for the overall growth and process of feathering.

  • Lack of proteins by the chickens have shown to cause many health and reproductive problems.

Tips For Storing Feed

  • Ideal quantity of feed should be the amount that you would be able to easily store at the farm.

  • Necessary arrangements should also be made to ensure the feed might not get old.

  • It is encourage to ensure the feed is stored at a cold and dry environment to minimise humidity.

  • High humidity (12% - 14%) can lead to formation of molds or bacteria.

What Not To Feed Backyard Chicken

  • Just as some components are good for backyard chickens, there are other components that will produce the opposite effect.

  • It is important not to leave any waste material near the chicken as they may be tempted to eat them.

  • Feeders should also be cleaned and maintained consistently to avoid the chickens consuming intoxicated foods.

  • Fecal materials also posed great harm to the health of your chickens.

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