Feeding for success
When it comes to feeding your new chickens, stick with what they know initially, says UK poultry supplier Cyril Bason (Stokesay) Ltd…
“By the time you get your new hens home, they will probably already have been on a layers’ ration of either pellets or mash. Check with your supplier so that you can continue to feed them what they are used to. These layer rations are especially formulated to provide all the vitamins and minerals necessary to help birds lay eggs. It is particularly important to stick quite rigidly to this layers’ ration until the birds become well established in lay.
“It is tempting to feed new pets treats, such as scraps or whole corn, but these can fill up the birds without providing the right levels of minerals. This can delay the start of egg production, so stick to layers’ feed until they are laying well. Layers’ ration should be available ad-lib and must always be kept fresh and dry. Once established in lay, it is fine to give treats in moderation. In fact, hanging lettuces or other similar vegetables for your birds to peck at will help to keep them entertained as well as provide additional nutrition. This is particularly important if your birds have a restricted area in which they can scratch and peck around.
Your birds should also have free and easy access to clean fresh water at all times.”
For more information, visit www.cyril-bason.co.uk.