Is there something to feed them to increase fertility?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ninjascrub69, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to be able to slightly increase my hatch rate, so is there a specific feed that helps increase fertility in poultry?
     
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    You might try venturing over to the meat bird section and seeking out Al, whose screen name is slipping my mind. I believe he has had success increasing fertility in his breeding projects with feed.
     
  3. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    His screen name is al6517...super nice and helpful guy. [​IMG]
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I would recommend a Breeder type feed preferable a Game Bird Breeder that is low (or with no) soybean and has a sores of animal protein in it.
    (Animal protein is easier for poultry to digest than plant protein.)
    Some breeders of poultry have found that soy based feed will lower the fertility of the breeding stock and in turn had had a lower hatch rate.
    I would also use a feed that is rich in vitamin A, D-3, and E. The Vitamins will not only help you breeders but will help the Embryonic Development.

    Vitamin A
    Vitamin A is needed for new cell growth, healthy skin and tissues, and vision in dim light.

    Vitamin D
    Vitamin D is produced naturally in the body when exposed to the ultra violet rays from the sun, and its main function is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium, and phosphorus. Lack of vitamin D can cause soft egg shells, and brittle, or thin bones in fowl. Vitamin D also helps keep your birds immune system strong, and can affect their over all growth, and development. Extreme cases of vitamin D deficiency can even lead to diseases like Rickets

    Vitamin E
    Vitamin E protects red blood cells, and helps prevent destruction of vitamin A and C.


    Chris
     
  5. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I just sent him a PM right b4 i checked this topic to see if i had any answers lol
     
  6. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you, Ill try to find stuff thats high in vitamins A,D, and E to mix into my feed
     
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Other then making sure they have a good quality feed, I don't know. However..trimming the feathers around their vents can help, especially with some of the "fluffier butted" breeds.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Game fowl breeder always worked for me plus vent trimming of the fluffier breeds.
     
  9. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an old IA farmer tell me earlier this summer that his family used to hatch for a local egg hatchery here at the time and they raised their hatch rate by adding wheat to the feed. I don't know if there is anything to it but this is what he told me.
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:Thank you, Ill try to find stuff thats high in vitamins A,D, and E to mix into my feed

    What feed/feeds do you have there.... (what brands)

    Chris
     

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