Feeding

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by Tsopsta, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. Tsopsta

    Tsopsta Just Hatched

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    Do I mix the folic acid to the feed or water? The folic acid is a tablet tho
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Are you not giving a complete feed?
    What is the folic acid intended to do?
     
  3. Tsopsta

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    I give milled maize no supplements so I decided to add multivitamin and folic acid
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't know where you live and what forage is like there or even if you have a complete poultry ration available to buy.

    Maize alone is not only deficient in vitamins and minerals but more importantly, amino acids.
    How old are the birds?

    Here's what chickens need.
    http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G8352

    If you don't have commercial feed available and they are on pasture, I can give you some information on completing their feed from there.
     
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    they are 8weeks
     
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  7. DrPatrickBiggs

    DrPatrickBiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for asking, Tsopsta!

    I'd only recommend feeding your flock a complete feed that is balanced for all 38 nutrients that chickens need. Birds will sort and can ingest too little or too much of a particular feed at the expense of the most critical nutrients. Feeding a good poultry starter/grower feed or layer feed would be the most appropriate feed to provide.

    Each nutrient plays an important role in hen health and egg production and must be provided at the correct level. Complete layer feeds are formulated to provide the correct mix to keep hens happy and healthy. There are many complete layer feed options available, from Purina including: Purina[​IMG] Organic layer feed, Purina[​IMG] Layena[​IMG] Plus Omega-3 and Purina[​IMG] Layena[​IMG] pellets and crumbles.

    Each of these chicken feed formulas is designed to meet specific flock goals. No matter the goals you have, be sure the layer feed is made with simple, wholesome ingredients. The feed should include: 16 percent protein and at least 3.25 percent calcium as well as key vitamins and minerals.
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

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    That's the answer I usually give but in this case, I don't think Ghana has the assortment of commercially prepared complete feed that is available in the US.
    Land O' Lakes just recently announced a partnership to make feeds in Kenya but I don't think distribution has begun to other countries.
    Some people around the world just have to make do with what they have.
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  10. ChickenCanoe

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    Thanks. That's how I roll as a poultry care educator.
     
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