Do Your Chickens Need Supplements?

Do Your Chickens Need Supplements?
By Tiffany Towne, Nutrena Poultry Expert A stroll down the poultry aisle in your favorite feed store may display more options for chicken supplements than you knew existed. It can be confusing, overwhelming and difficult to know what’s right for your flock. Don’t panic. A good layer feed provides almost everything your chickens need for a balanced diet: protein, the correct balance of vitamins and minerals, and sufficient energy for their life stage. However, there are three additional supplements that your layer feed does not provide that you should consider. Supplemental Calcium This is most often in the form of oyster shell, and it should be offered to help restore calcium depletion caused by laying eggs. An eggshell is made of 97 percent calcium carbonate, which the hen must provide as the egg is forming in the reproductive tract. In fact, laying hens require three times the calcium of non-laying hens. So even though you may be feeding a balanced layer feed,

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