Feeding Chicks - Proper Nutrition for a Healthy Life

Posted on 05/13/2019 at 11:03 AM by Kris Kegerize

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Feeding Chicks - Proper Nutrition for a Healthy Life

The chicks have been selected, your brooder is set up with optimum temperature control, waterers are in place overtop fresh bedding, everything is ready...but what about the feed? The single-most important factor in the health and growth of your chicks lies inside that bag, but what makes up the nutrition being provided to your new flock?

You won't be surprised to hear that a large component of chick starter is grains. The poultry digestive system is well-suited for taking advantage of the nutrients found in these grains. These ingredients are carefully selected in order to support a baby chick's nutritional needs:

  • Energy to support daily needs and growth
  • Protein (including much-needed amino acids like Lysine) to support muscle growth and development
  • Fiber for optimum digestion
  • Vitamins and minerals to support the rapid growth a chick will go through, and other essential functions.

Soybean meal: Dried and crushed beans from the soybean plant, soybean meal offers the highest concentration of protein of plant proteins. Often 44 to 48% protein.

Canola meal: Dried and crushed seeds from the canola plant (noted for their beautiful yellow blooms). Canola meal also is very dense in protein. lt is often used in conjunction with soybean meal, or as a replacement, when soy is not desired in a formulation. Nutrena Naturewise Hearty Hen, a soy-free layer feed, contains canola meal.

Corn: Corn is a go-to source for energy in poultry feed. Cracked corn is often viewed as a traditional form of poultry feed. However, as nutrition research has advanced, we now understand that a diet made entirely of corn is lacking in protein as well as essential vitamins and minerals.

Wheat midds: Never heard of it? We're not surprised. Wheat midds are a byproduct of the wheat milling process. Byproducts can sometimes be viewed as a filler or leftover, but in the case of poultry feeds, wheat midds make a great addition to poultry feed. Midds are a good source of energy, protein, and fiber. They also help create a nice pellet that holds together and reduces dust.

Besides grains, premium poultry feeds often contain value-added ingredients. Nutrena Naturewise poultry feeds, for example, contains the following:

Pre and probiotics: These feed additives benefit both microbes in the chicken's gut and adds beneficial bacteria to the existing population in the chicken's digestive tract. Vitamins and minerals: Just like humans, supplemental vitamins and minerals help poultry stay healthy and perform regular body functions like vision, growth, and eventually, laying eggs.

Nutrena Naturewise Poultry Feeds are available at your local Bomgaars store!

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Helpful Videos:
New Chicks - What to Expect • Setting Up a Brooder • Pasty ButtFlockShield


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