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Digital Subscriptions > Chickens > July/Aug 2019 > Laying Down the Facts

Laying Down the Facts

There’s no fake news here, just several topics of truth that every chicken-keeper should know.
NICK BEER/SHUTTERSTOCK

When it comes to laying hens, a tremendous amount of information exists out there. It can be hard to know what is accurate and will benefit your flock. What follows is detailed factual data on several basic, important topics. This will help you determine fact versus fiction regarding your laying flock

Diet

Diet is a big concern for most chicken-keepers. What your hens eat directly affects the nutrients in their eggs. All laying hens need a balanced diet. A feed that is balanced means it has all the correct proportions and ratios of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Laying hens in particular need a balanced diet because they have very specific nutritional needs for egg production.

Letting your hens eat your grass and weeds will not make their eggs nutritious. What will? You providing them the nutrients you want in the eggs. Various feedstuffs are simply a vehicle for nutrients; certain nutrients aren’t necessarily good or bad. It’s all about the balance of the feed.

Provide dustbathing areas so birds can keep their feathers clean.
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