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Combine nutrition and your chickens natural instincts!

Discussion in 'Sponsored Content, Contests, and Giveaways' started by JenniO11, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. JenniO11

    JenniO11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The article is brought to you by BYC Sponsor Farmers' Helper Forage Cakes
    Farmers’ Helper ForageCakes - Combining nutrition and your chickens’ natural instincts!


    We’re all concerned about our chicken’s health and want to do what’s best for them.

    But sometimes we run into problems with our chickens that we don’t know how to solve right away. Every day people come to BYC looking for the answers to one big question:

    How can I ensure that my chickens lay quality eggs?

    There are three major issues when it comes to preparing your hens for satisfactory egg production. They are:
    1) Nutrition
    2) Sanitation
    3) Habitat

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    Nutrition: Producing eggs is extremely energy intensive for hens. When pullets begin laying, their daily requirements for protein, vitamins, and minerals markedly increase. Inadequate intake of dietary protein and other nutrients may result in poor egg production and low hatching rates. Laying hens need a balanced diet to maintain maximum egg production over their entire life span, as well as week to week. Poor nutrition can cause hens to cease generating eggs altogether.

    Sanitation: There is a common misconception that hens will stop laying or the number of eggs will drop dramatically after their second year. This is certainly true in battery conditions where crowding, poor ventilation, unnatural lighting conditions, de-beaking, and other factors leading to captive stress take a toll on the health of chickens. In barnyard flocks with appropriate housing and feeding protocols, hens should survive and lay well into their teens, if not longer. This will not be the case if consistent attention toward the reduction of mycotoxin and bacterial levels are not a top priority in husbandry protocols.

    Habitat: If kitchen scraps are deposited in poultry yards, appropriate feeding stations (secure, “no tip” bowls, well off the ground) should be constructed that prevent these added foods from becoming contaminated with “poultry smut.” Many people will exclaim that their grandparents always threw compost into the chicken yard with no ill effects. This is simply not the case. The truth of the matter is, no one gave much thought to the potential levels of salmonella, botulism, and mycoplasma growing in their poultry yards. The diligent management of pathogen loads within the hen house reduces immune system stress
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    levels, and can greatly increase egg production.


    One of our sponsors, Resolve Sustainable Solutions, has some products that can help you address these problems. They make the Farmers’ Helper ForageCake, a supplemental aspect of a chicken’s diet that allows flocks to do something they do naturally – forage! With tons of quality ingredients like salmon meal, dried fruit, seeds and grains, chickens naturally enjoy pecking away at the Farmers’ Helper ForageCake, practicing a behavior similar to searching for insects and other yummy snacks in your yard.

    The Farmers’ Helper ForageCake isn’t just food – it’s entertainment. Bringing out a Farmers’ Helper ForageCake for your chickens helps to encourage them to participate in healthy, natural chicken behaviors.

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    ers of Farmers’ Helper ForageCakes recommend starting your new chicks off on the Farmers’ Helper BabyCake and Farmers’ Helper UltraKibble for Chicks, used together with a chick starter. Then once the chickens transition from chick to adult they can move up to the Farmers’ Helper UltraKibble and Farmers’ Helper ForageCake, again used in conjunction with a maintenance feed. The Farmers’ Helper UltraKibble is mixed in a specific ratio (depending on breed) with the maintenance feed and the Farmers’ Helper ForageCake (Original or Optimal) is put out for ad
    ded nutrition and entertainment.

    Another plus is that the probiotics and naturally sourced vitamin E support digestive tract health, which promote more solid droppings, greatly reducing manure removal efforts. That’s right – some of the ingredients in the Farmers’ Helper ForageCake will help make your life MUCH easier!

    The makers of Farmers’ Helper ForageCakes are also excited to announce two new products that will help keep your chickens happy! These products will be out this summer!

    The Farmers’ Helper HotCake is similar to the BabyCake in shape and size, but it is meant for adult chickens. It contains quality ingredients like oats, peanuts, mangos and flax seed, high-quality protein in the form of crab meal, hot pepper oil for its antioxidant and antibacterial benefits, and organic acids that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria that improve the overall gut and general health of the bird while reducing E. coli and salmonella.
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    Meanwhile, the Farmers’ Helper Cackleberry Nugget Treats are small nuggets that have delicious ingredients like oats, pomegranate, peanuts and flax seeds, high-quality protein in the form of crab meal, and organic acids that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria that improve the overall gut and general health of the bird while reducing E. coli and salmonella.

    If you want to see some really adorable videos of chicks gathered around foraging away at the Farmers’ Helper BabyCake, visit their YouTube page here!

    Do YOUR chickens engage in natural foraging behaviors? What other funny habits do they have?
     
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  2. BullardBarnyard

    BullardBarnyard Out Of The Brooder

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    Eggs lay eggs?
    What that a crafty way of saying raised-from egg chicks? Or just a brain fart? Haha. Just letting you know. Good article though!:))
     
  3. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Do they sell these at feed stores? or do you have to order them online or something?

    I'm not so concerned about the chickens, they free range just fine. But I have pheasants in a pen that aren't able to free range for obvious reasons (they'l run away and never come back). I saw a little picture of a pheasant on the forage cake label and that cought my attention. Are these cakes a common thing you could by at a feed store?
     
  4. jillg164

    jillg164 New Egg

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    The Farmers' Helper Opimal ForageCake is perfect for pheasants. You should be able to find Farmers' Helper products at your local Tractor Supply Co.
     
  5. jillg164

    jillg164 New Egg

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    Sorry, OPTIMAL
     
  6. Daisy8s

    Daisy8s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    levels, and can greatly increase egg production.

    One of our sponsors, Resolve Sustainable Solutions, has some products that can help you address these problems.

    First, can you provide research confirming your statement? This article has two research studies, that directly refute your statement above: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/9QuJFt/www.plamondon.com/faq_deep_litter.html/ Both research projects determined that a) a deep litter method results in lower mortality rate and b) a deep litter method provides a better nutrition due to nutrients the chicks foraged for in their own bedding--so, instead of getting sick from your euphemistically termed "poultry smut" chicks were actually healthier when given access to it.

    Second, when did BYC begin sponsoring "informational" articles that are thinly disguised ads for sponsors? This article really concerns me. If supposed "information" I'm getting here is actually ads for companies I'm not interested anymore.

    Jeni011, please answer this direct question: are you an employee of Resolve Sustainable Solutions or have you been hired or contracted to do promotional work for them?
     
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  7. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

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    Regarding the content in this "Sponsored Content, Contests, and Giveaways" section of BYC:

    The articles, contests, etc. in this section of BYC are brought to us by our valued BYC sponsors who help to keep our site alive and growing while also allowing us to have some really fun contests and great content. Sponsors often have a tremendous amount of experience in their respective areas, and we feel that the information being posted can bring some of this industry advice and worthwhile content to our community.

    Please note that this topic, as with others, was put in to this specific section because it is "Sponsored Content" and we intentionally want to demarcate it from the rest of the forum threads. There is no hidden agenda, secret meetings, or plans for world domination... well, not unless promoting happy / healthy chickens in your backyard will lead to the cure for cancer, limitless free energy from cold fusion, and world peace. [​IMG]

    As always, we appreciate our sponsors that help keep the site free, allow us to handle the growth we've seen over the years, and have fun contests and prizes. We are very thankful for our members that support our sponsors and let the sponsors know that they appreciate their support of BYC.
     
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  8. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I like the baby cakes. I'm able to buy mine at Meyer hatchery. (oops is that advertising [​IMG] )
     
  9. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still have yet to try them. [​IMG] What is it that you like about them?
     
  10. juliezoo

    juliezoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I saw these at our local TSC but was highly concerned about the quantity of corn, corn gluten meal, corn syrup and aluminum. I make a point to not feed any of us - human, feathered, finned or furry friends - any GMO ingredients. Knowing the huge percentage of corn in this country that is GMO I can only figure this product would also contain those GMO ingredients since it doesn't state differently.

    I don't have a problem making my own cakes with ingredients I trust, but it would sure be nice to have a handy-dandy alternative. Are these cakes made with GMO free ingredients?

    Thanks for any further info!
     
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