Balance Your Chicken’s Diet at All Ages

Balance Your Chicken’s Diet at All Ages
We know that laying hens need more calcium in their diet than chickens that are not laying eggs, but how much more? Chickens need different feed at various times in their lives and also according to gender, but what do you do when you have a mixed flock? How important is it that your chickens get the correct proportions of nutrients in their feed?   What Chicks Need  When your chicks are less than eight weeks old, they need a starter feed. This starter feed is higher in protein than any other chicken feed mixes, usually possessing 18-22% protein by weight depending on variety and often the area where you live. This feed is also low in calcium because excess calcium can cause deformations in the chicks’ growing bones and damage the kidneys even to the point of killing the chicks. The young growing chicks are so sensitive to the amount of

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