Vitamins for chickens – What you need to know | Dine a Chook
We are frequently asked by backyard chicken keepers, “Do chickens need supplements?”
Your chickens rely on you to provide them with all of the vitamins and minerals that they need.
This is difficult because the nutritional value of feed changes depending on:
· How long the feed has been stored
· The grain varieties used
· Whether the feed has been exposed to heat, light, metal or oxygen
· What else your chickens are eating, and how much!
· How the feed is formulated
· The feed type (pellet, mash or grain mix)
· Whether the feed is a “complete” feed or not
· How vitamins and minerals are added to the feed (in pellets or as a powder)
· Whether the feed is for laying hens or not
Feeds even vary due to the soil the crops were grown on!
This is why the simple answer to “Do chickens need supplements?” is yes. Providing extra minerals and vitamins for chickens usually improves health and egg production.
Symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiency in chickens
With so many variables beyond the chicken keeper’s control, it is no surprise that most common problems affecting backyard chickens are related to nutrition.
Symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiencies in chickens include:
· Decreased egg production
· Shell-quality issues such as thin-shelled eggs
· Loss of appetite
· Poor feathering and feather condition
· Weight loss
· Poor feed conversion
· Weakness and lethargy
· Dermatitis, lesions and skin conditions, usually in the mouth or on the eyes, beak and feet
· Slow weight gain, stunted growth, deformities, rickets, seizures and paralysis
· Decreased fertility including a poor hatch-rate and high failure to thrive
· Increased susceptibility to diseases and to parasites such as worms, lice, mites and coccidiosis
Symptoms of vitamin deficiency in chickens are often mild but any deficiency, no matter how small, will still affect condition and reproductive health. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have the potential to cause severe problems and if left untreated will decrease the productivity and life expectancy of your birds.
Feed is unreliable and especially if your birds free-range or are fed scraps and other treats. Most backyard chickens do need a supplement to ensure they are getting all the vitamins and minerals that a chicken needs.
A complete vitamin and mineral supplement for chickens
Ideal for birds, Liquid Vitamins is a complete supplement for chickens. It contains all the minerals and vitamins that chickens need, whether they are growing, laying or breeding.
Comprised of vitamins, minerals and key amino acids, Liquid Vitamins addresses common deficiencies in the diet of a typical backyard chicken. It is the perfect nutrient boost for all birds. With Liquid Vitamins, you will no longer have to worry about the vague symptoms of ill-health due to nutritional deficiencies, as your birds will have that healthy shine and vigour that only comes from a balanced diet.
Don’t waste time and money on multiple supplements. Liquid Vitamins contains all the vitamins and minerals for chickens to thrive in one simple dose.
Liquid Vitamin and Mineral with Amino Acids for birds 250ml details:
This bottle contains up to 250 doses.
Scientifically formulated to meet the vitamin and mineral requirements of birds
Suitable for chickens, poultry, pigeons and other caged and aviary birds
Addresses vitamin and mineral deficiencies common in commercial feed mixes
Contains: Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K, Vitamin PP, D-Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Choline, Cobalt, Zinc, Manganese, Copper and Iron
Convenient liquid form for easy administration through drinking water or feed
How to use Liquid Vitamins supplement for chickens and birds
Liquid Vitamins are intended for regular use as part of an avian nutrition program. They can be administered through drinking water or feed.
Add 1 ml of Liquid Vitamins per litre of drinking water or kilogram of dry feed. Prepare fresh daily.
As part of a regular feeding program, Liquid Vitamins are recommended for use once a week. For chickens suffering from poor diet, the supplement can initially be administered up to 3 times per week.
Liquid Vitamins is non-injectable and is intended for avian use only. Always follow product instructions.
Store below 30 oC in a cool, dry place. Keep out of the reach of children.
Shake well before use.
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