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NZ Lifestyle Block - - Your Poultry -

The one thing you can do to make sure your adult poul­try get the nutri­tion they need is to have a good qual­ity layer pel­let avail­able 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A free-range en­vi­ron­ment does pro­vide food but there are key el­e­ments of a hen’s diet that they will not find enough of to keep them healthy and lay­ing con­sis­tently. It can be dif­fi­cult for birds to find the high lev­els of pro­tein they re­quire. Some of the other im­por­tant in­gre­di­ents in the poul­try diet are small by weight but vi­tal to the bird’s health and dif­fi­cult or im­pos­si­ble to find in a free-range area, such as key amino acids.

• poor house and fur­ni­ture de­sign • in­ad­e­quate clean­ing and dis­in­fec­tion • sea­son, tem­per­a­tures and hu­mid­ity • de­layed treat­ment Source: Hegelund and Sørensen, 2007

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