Feeding your chickens quality feed is the way to achieve healthy, happy, productive hens. What you put in is what you get out!
These days most poultry need to eat a specially formulated diet to ensure they are getting the correct balance of protein to fat to carbohydrates with added minerals and vitamins suited to the age of the bird. Chooks love treats but these should only be fed out in small amounts when you bond with your hens.
Choose Chicken Feed Balanced to the Nutritional Needs of Your Fowl
Chicken feed comes in different forms and matches nutritional needs with the age of your poultry. Appletons goes out of our way to offer you the highest quality products while sharing our knowledge to help you make the best decisions. Discover why customers return to us repeatedly.
Tips Regarding Chicken Feed in NZ
We believe that the information we share is just as important as the products we sell. Understanding the different types of chook feed helps you decide which product is best for your fowl’s health.
- All chicken feed is made up of grains, protein, vitamins, and minerals, but the varying ways suppliers mill them makes them different. Even the type of proteins used can vary from natural ruminant animal proteins like blood, meat, and bone-meal to synthetically manufactured proteins. These are usually identified on the label as amino acids, lysine, and methionine.
- Chicken pellets in NZ are the most common type of feed. The feed mills initially make up a chicken mash from all the ingredients and then push the mix through a pelletising machine to create small oblong shaped pellets. These pellets are the perfect size and shape for your chooks to eat. Everything in one peck with minimal waste. They are easy to manage and flow better in a hopper style feeder. Chick crumble is created when pellets of the chick feed are broken up into smaller pieces called a textured crumble.
- Best to buy only what your chickens can consume within 12 weeks. Stock feed usually has a shelf life of 3 months due to the crushed grains and proteins used in the feed. If you store feed for too long it will go stale and your chickens will not be keen on eating it. The nutritional value will also reduce.
Important Factors to Consider When Buying Poultry Feed
Feed Suppliers design feed that corresponds to the different stages of a chicken’s development. You’ll find that textures correspond to the chook’s age, as does the nutritional value required at each stage.
- For the growing weeks of a chick’s life, up to the point of lay, it is best to provide them with feed in a textured crumble that is easier to eat. The protein amount for this age chick is around 20 percent, which is the highest of any of the feeds. The rapid growth of the young chicks demands additional protein. Calcium is a low priority at this time, and you can purchase medicated feed to help prevent coccidiosis.
- As the pullets prepare to lay eggs, the protein percentage drops, though it must retain a percentage between 16 to 18 percent, performing better the closer to 18% your feed is. This protein is more effective if it is made up out of ruminant proteins (blood, meat, and bone-meal).
- Calcium needs increase when pullets reach laying age as it is vital for egg development. While excess calcium can cause health problems in young chickens it is vital at this stage for producing strong eggshells in the laying hens.
For 16 years, we have committed ourselves to the care and nutritional needs of chickens, as well as other animals and pets. Whether you visit us in person or online, you’ll find that we care deeply about everything we sell. We only sell products that we use ourselves. Look to us for the highest quality services and the best products in New Zealand.
Please contact us if you have any questions and start your chickens on a healthy and balanced diet today.