What to Feed Chickens, Strong Eggs, Good Poultry Health, chick feed to laying hens (Food Grade DE)

one of the best ways to keep your chickens tame is hand feeding them visitors and children enjoy feeding chickens and if you establish that early on that they can come to people for food then they’ll look forward to your visits here the most skittish birds can be tamed by hand feeding in this segment we’ll talk about different types of feed and how best to use it when chickens are not outside ranging they need a balanced diet available it’s your job to provide the best possible diet don’t skimp when it comes to buying your feed don’t look for the lowest price look at the contents of the feed talk with the sales people and make sure you understand fully where these nutrients are coming from okay so here are some feed options of course when we start the birds we use crumbles or mash and this is the crumble and then we go as they grow to the grower finisher portion which is available in pellet form and is also available in crumbles I prefer the pellet form and as the birds get older or in the wintertime you have to have an adult bird ration which is a layer ration a laying hen can have a number of supplements for example what I’ve shown here are some pieces of oyster shell oyster shell will help build the calcium level and a hen that’s laying eggs because obviously there’s a great calcium loss when she produces an eggshell do not make calcium available however to younger or developing birds as it may damage their organs are not prepared so after they’ve layed their first egg we can go to a layer ration which has calcium in it and you can offer calcium also as a supplement on the side in the form of these crushed oyster shells now one of the things when you have young chicks and they’re starting to ingest their bedding and things like that they need to be able to break them down so you can also put in with your checks or Birds at any stage of development you can put these granite chunks it’s sold here under something called granite grit or granny grid it’s little tiny pieces of granite that they put in their crop and then it goes to their gizzard where their food is ground up and if they’ve been eating little bits of wood shavings and things like that chunks of granite will help grind that up it really has no nutritional value the other thing that we have and I’ve used it before has a parasitic control is this diatomaceous earth remember the diatomaceous earth is a silica and can also be a respiratory problem if you’re going to breathe it in so it should be handled carefully and I recommend that you wear a respirator when you’re using it you can take diatomaceous earth and put it in your feeders with the chicken feed regardless of what form you’re using and it will serve to absorb moisture and prevent that feed from spoiling due to high humidity levels and things like that also if a chicken eats diatomaceous earth along with their food then it helps to rid them of internal parasites as well exactly the same way that it rids them of external parasites external parasites are defeated with diatomaceous earth because it lacerates their exoskeleton and draws moisture out of them so we have oyster shells which should not be fed unless they are at the laying stage we have crack corn which is great energy resource but can serve to make your birds fat it also helps them generate heat though if you have for example a broody hen that is trying to hatch eggs and the pellet form which make sure that they get the full complement of the feed ration and they don’t get to pick and choose the crumbles which allow them to pick and choose and are available in any formulation whether it’s for a starter chick a grower a finisher or even a laying ration now in the wintertime when they’re kept inside the coop you may want to go to this crumble form because the crumbles give the chicken more time to feed when they come and gobble up these pellets of course they eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time also if you’re going to throw food on the ground which I really don’t recommend but if you want the birds to be able to find it easily and pick it up because maybe you have young visitors that just want to feed the chickens throw the pellets out because pellets are easy for the birds to pick out in the grass and they’ll make sure to clean it all up and you won’t be leaving anything for night predators or for other wild birds to come and feed so remember the granite grit also used to help grind up their food which isn’t necessary I mean when they have a formulated feed it’s already ground so just the water will soften it up and they can digest that just fine the reason that you’re giving them granite grit is for the parts that they eat that may be indigestible and things they may find on range or even when young chickens eat their bedding now chickens on open range are omnivorous which means they eat both plant and animal matter even little reptiles like this northern brown snake would be prey for a chicken if they caught the movement they would run it down and and eat it environmental health is really important and small reptiles like this northern brown snake our indicators of good environmental health if we were using pesticides for example the food chain of this little guy would be disrupted it would be toxic and then these guys would be absent from the environment so even though I’m not going to let the chickens find this guy you should know that they eat mice surprisingly they eat frogs and other amphibians as well the presence of reptiles like this little brown snake are important indicators of environmental health if we were using pet

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