Friday, October 19, 2012

Purina Poultry Nutrition

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Special Edition • October 2012
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Dr. Mikelle Roeder and P. Allen Smith Video FeatureIf you purchased your chicks this past spring, you’re now ready to see those chicks lay some fresh eggs! Why not enjoy eggs packed with Omega-3 from the very first egg? Or, enhance the nutrition of your more experienced laying pullet’s egg production. Feeding Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 Poultry Feed will ensure that they receive the best nutrition while omega-sizing your eggs!

Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 Poultry Feed helps address the lack of Omega-3 in American’s diets. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that aids in proper heart and brain function, growth and development.Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 Poultry Feed is formulated to produce more Omega-3 and has a natural vegetarian formula with added vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients and without added antibiotics or hormones. Like all Purina® SunFresh® Recipe Poultry Feeds, Layena® Plus Omega-3 contains marigold extract for rich golden yolks, key levels of calcium and manganese for strong shells with fewer cracks, and an optimized level of Vitamin E to support a healthy immune system.
Why Scratch Just Won’t Cut It!
While you may have seen your grandparents throwing out corn for the chickens, we now know that to keep your hens in tip-top egg production they need far more than the very limited nutrition supplied by scratch grains. Grains are an excellent source of energy but are woefully inadequate in the protein, vitamins and minerals (especially calcium) needed to support superior egg production and quality. Just check out this chart below. You will see that scratch grains has just barely 50% of the protein requirement, no vitamin A or E and calcium is barely registering. You don’t cut back on your own daily multi-vitamin, why would you do the same for your hens? Hens that do not receive adequate nutrition will supply fewer eggs, eggs with poorer quality shells, and will often pull calcium from their own bones to manufacture eggshells, thus compromising their future health and lifespan. Scratch grains should be used only as a "fun" feed, something to peck at, and should not comprise more than 10% of the hen’s daily diet. Feeding a high-quality layer feed such as Purina® Layena® or Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 will ensure that your hens have all the nutrition they need to provide you with abundant, high-quality eggs while maintaining optimal health!
You will see that scratch grains has just barely 50% of the protein requirement, no vitamin A or E and calcium is barely registering.
Preparing Flocks for Winter
Winterizing Poultry Pens - Farm Raised With P. Allen Smith
Shorter days and colder nights are just around the corner. No matter what type of poultry you’re raising, the steps you take now can help you maintain egg production and save you when the thermometer dips. Check out our surefire tips to keep your flock cozy this winter.

Tip #1: Turn on the Lights: Shorter days trigger molting. Molting results in more energy devoted to growing feathers and less energy devoted to egg production. So one of the best ways to maintain egg production is to prevent a sudden molt. You can do this by providing supplemental lighting, extending the "daylight" hours to 14 to 16 hours per day. A single 60 to 100 watt bulb set on a timer will suffice. It’s best to extend the hours at the beginning of the day, so set the timer to turn the lights on before dawn.

Tip #2: Crack a Window: While it’s important to weatherproof your coop to protect birds from the increasingly cold temperatures, you must still allow for adequate ventilation to help keep the litter dry. Otherwise, in such a confined area, ammonia can build up quickly. The hazards of ammonia can range from infection, to birth defects, to blindness. Ventilation will reduce the moisture in your litter, which will help eliminate the ammonia.

Tip #3: Keep the Water Flowing: Make sure feeders and waterers are set up to function during freezing temperatures. If birds do not have water, they will not eat. If birds do not eat, they will not produce eggs. Your birds need access to fresh, clean water at all times, day or night, and it’s always easier to install a heated waterer on a crisp, autumn day than in the middle of a cold, dark, winter night.

Tip #4: Enjoy the Eggs!: Last but not least, during the cold weather months, it’s important to offer a high-quality complete feed instead of "scratch" alone. Purina® Layena® SunFresh® Recipe is all natural and contains sufficient protein, vitamins, minerals—and even a touch of marigold extract—to produce hearty, golden-yoked eggs. Remember, the more your birds are confined during cold weather, the more frequently you should gather eggs. This will prevent other birds from pecking and breaking the eggs giving you and your family the opportunity to enjoy the eggs year-round!

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