Chicken Feed Benefits
If you are raising chickens or plan to raise some, then buying commercial chicken feed is a good alternative to an only corn diet. For the chickens to grow up healthy and lay eggs, a diet of only corn does not contain the proper nutrients. There are several types of chicken feed available and not all brands contain the same ingredients. Be sure to check label ingredients for amount of protein and other nutrients to assure the feed will benefit the chickens. Maintaining a nutritious diet is essential to raise active birds.
There are three forms of chicken feed available: pellets, crumbles, and mash. The pellet form of feed has a long cylinder shape and larger than crumbles. Crumbles are basically chopped up pellets and mash is finely ground chicken feed. Pellets and crumbles are fed mostly to adult chickens and mash is given mostly to chicks. To avoid waste of feed it is recommended that water be added to mash type feed. This gives the chicken feed a consistency of oatmeal. Let them eat enough for them to get full and towards the end of the day, remove any that is left to prevent mold from building up.
The amount of chicken feed your bird consumes can depend on their size, if they lay eggs, roam around and scavenge for insects or other food bits. Some directions to consider are: a pound per week for about the first ten weeks per chick and each adult bird about one pound and a half per week of chicken feed. This is an estimate and a variety of factors can affect the amount of chicken feed the birds consume. There are basic guidelines available that you can follow if you're feeling doubtful.
Ingredients in the chicken feed vary by brand. To get one that has the protein and nutrients you seek for your birds, make sure to read the label ingredients. The main nutrients derived from the ingredients should be vitamins, minerals, protein and energy. There is also organic and soy-free chicken feed fully fortified to keep chickens healthy and productive. You can get the starter organic chicken feed for baby chicks or layer chicken feed for birds that will be producing eggs.
To buy chicken feed you can go to the feed store nearest you or check the pet food stores. You can also shop online and compare brands and types of chicken feed, and ingredients. To find a local feed store do a search online by entering your city or zip code and the words: chicken feed. The search results will list stores within that zip code area. You can then decide to visit the store and speak to a knowledgeable sales associate that will help you find the chicken feed you need.