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Digital Subscriptions > Chickens > July/Aug 2019 > Nutritional Needs

Nutritional Needs

While greens are great supplements to a hen’s diet, long grasses can cause gizzard impaction, when blades become coiled into a plug in the gizzard.
TATEVOSIAN YANA /SHUTTERSTOCK

Raising backyard poultry can be enjoyable and rewarding. The birds are entertaining to watch, and they produce delicious fresh eggs. In many ways, caring for chickens is the same as caring for a cat, dog or hamster in that all the animals require proper feed in order to be healthy and productive.

Chickens require water and a well-balanced ration. Water consumption is essential for making birds eat, so if you don’t provide water, chickens won’t eat enough of their feed to be healthy and productive. For this reason, it’s important to provide clean water for your flock at all times.

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