Poultry Nutrition: Making Your Own Layer Ration
Meeting the nutritional needs of your hens is an important aspect of their welfare. Your chooks need excellent nutrition to ensure they are happy and healthy and to make delicious, nutrient dense eggs or meat.
Do you find, when you feed scratch mixes that birds will ignore many of the grains and seeds used in these mixes? Can we do better? Yes, and for a lower cost too.
This mash currently feeds our egg laying flock and our meat chickens which we grow in batches of 30 a few times a year.
Most poultry keepers rely on pelleted feeds, many of which do not meet optimal nutrient requirements. Before stockfeed manufactures introduced pellets, poultry feed was a whole grain and ground grain dry feed ration that you mixed with water (mash). Pellets originate as this dry feed ration, then it goes through further processing using steam and pressure to heat the ingredients. This mixture is then compressed and molded into pellets. This may make the feed more convenient for the poultry keeper but does not necessarily improve the quality of the ration for your hens.
What you will learn
We will show you how to simply make your own adult chicken mash from ingredients commonly available at Rural or Stock Feed stores. There are two straight forward formulea used in the making of the rations. Both are explained via video with downloadable worksheets for practice. The use of both formulea mean you can vary your feed to take advantage of ingredient availability and prices.
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