What do you feed to increase your chickens fertility?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by erijn5, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. erijn5

    erijn5 Songster

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL
    Just wanting to know what everyone else feeds to increase....healthy chicks and strong fertility?
    I realize fertilty is to do with roosters, but what do you feed to make him stronger in his mating activities? To make the best babies possible?

    Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Um, just what I always feed--an all in one feed, some corn now and then as a treat, and whatever we don't eat or give to the dogs or cats. Any basically healthy rooster should be quite fertile on any balanced chicken feed. If you're having low fertility or bad chicks I'd just get a new roo and see how that goes.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    I feed a feed mix that contains Game Bird Feed, Floating Fish Pellet and Grains, I also add a good vitamin/ mineral concentrate to there water.
    Try to stay away from feed that is overly high in calcium and plant proteins, they tend to lower the fertility of your birds.

    You may want to pull vent feathers on both male and female birds, and also keep a ratio of 1 male to every 6 to 8 females this will also help on fertility.

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013
  4. what did I do

    what did I do Songster

    Apr 10, 2012
    We feed our chickens the same mineral that we give our cows. Mineral makes a big difference in our cows' health and fertility so we give it to our chickens too. Our chickens free range so they get plenty of protein but if they didn't I think I'd try to find a way to supplement their diet with greens and protein.
  5. erijn5

    erijn5 Songster

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL
    Mine free range also, and are on scratch grain, layer, cracked cron...they usually leave feed in the bowls by the end of the day of foraging.. I was just wondering. No my fertility and hate rate are great I was just wondered if I could give them anything more to increase overall productivity. Thanks all!

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