Breakfast of Champion Poultry Layers
Good-quality layer feed is all your chickens really need to eat, but by adding a few supplements to their feed you can provide your flock a healthy boost to their immune systems and improve overall health, both of which can result in increased productivity and better quality eggs.
I have been feeding my flock a custom mix that I call the “Breakfast of Champion Layers” for the past several years. I have never had such beautiful looking hens with glossy feathers, bright eyes and rosy combs as I have since I started this feed regiment. I also don’t have issues with soft -shelled eggs or any respiratory or other health problems common to backyard flocks.
The supplements will set you back a bit each month, but I strongly believe in preventives, which are ultimately far less costly than a vet visit — if you can even find a vet who will treat your hens. The more you can do to keep your chickens healthy, the better their bodies are able to fight infection and pathogens on their own.
● repels fleas, ticks, lice and mites
● natural wormer
● boosts immune and respiratory system health
● controls manure odor
● kills bugs in feed
● increases shell thickness
● increases egg production
● increases hen body weight
● improves intestinal health and digestion
● increases absorption of nutrients
● boosts egg production
● results in larger eggs with stronger shells
● supports the immune system
● combats coccidiosis, E.coli and salmonella
● increases omega-3 levels in eggs
● improves egg shell quality
● improves egg production
● boosts overall health
● provides essential vitamins and minerals
● increases fertility in hens
● guards against coccidiosis
● improves overall health
● improves yolk color
● reduces cholesterol in eggs
● various health benefits to be discussed in future segments of this series
Breakfast of Champion Layers Recipe
Since making this feed blend, we have no wasted feed. Our chickens love how it tastes and I love knowing that I am providing them so many benefi cial nutrients every day.
•40-50 pound bag of layer crumble (crumble allows the powders to stick and mix in better than pelleted feed does)
•1-1/2 cups garlic powder
•1-1/2 cups diatomaceous earth
•1-1/2 cups probiotic powder
•1 cup flax Seed
•1 cup sea kelp
•1-2 cups dried herbs
•4 cups old fashioned oats
•4 cups shelled sunflower seeds
•2 cups cracked corn
These optional ingredients are considered “treats” and should be taken into consideration as an addition to other treats you are off ering on a daily basis, but adding them will ensure your flock will love their breakfast!
Lisa Steele is the author of Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013). She lives on a small hobby farm in Virginia with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, plus horses, dogs and a barn cat. She is a fifth-generation chicken keeper and writes about her experiences on her award-winning blog at www.fresh-eggs-daily.com. In her free time she loves to garden, bake, knit and sip homebrewed herbal teas.