How much SALT is to much in a chickens diet

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by al6517, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I have always know that excess salt in a chickens diet can be harmful, but how much is to much. We have 60 chickens and often feed good well balanced things from the table, I do not feed things I think are to salty, but just not sure.

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  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AL, with 60 chickens, I'd be surprised if your left-overs would go very far.

    This book Mineral Tolerance of Domestic Animals, gives 2% dietary salt as the "maximum tolerable level" for chickens and turkeys. You should note that this is a lower level than for cows and sheep.

    In Nutrient Requirements of Poultry, none of their chick diets have as much as 1%.

    With the adults eating say 110 grams of feed each day - 2 grams of salt would be only tolerable. Perhaps, 1/2 gram would be needed.

    A teaspoon of salt is about 5 grams. It looks like that would be just about enuf to kill a hen. Maybe even a half of a teaspoon would be fatal.

    On average, American adults are eating over 8 grams of salt a day but we are consuming that with about 2 pounds of food (still too much salt!). That's enuf food for 5 or 6 chickens. Two pounds of food is about 1,000 grams so our food is a little too salty for a chicken but IF WE'D JUST CUT DOWN on the salt - chicken and human should both be okay [​IMG].

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