Does hens need salt?

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Good day. You have written in the article, the diet for chickens, salt 0.5 gr per day. In other articles they write the opposite - categorically you can not give salt. Need or not? (Anatoly)

Yes or no?

Hello. Entering a white product in the menu is not safe for their health. This is a fact that is not challenged. However, on the other hand, white crystals are a valuable mineral supplement that the bird's body needs. So here are two sides of the medal and each requires clarification. But I'll write right away that everything is written correctly in our articles.

Why not?

If your chickens walk freely every day, then this supplement to enter their diet is not necessary. The fact is that they themselves will find in the pasture all that they need. Yes, and frankly, when freestyle walking they generally can not feed. Chickens themselves will find food, because they are almost omnivores.

Then, when feeding with compound feed, you should remember to feed the hens only with feed intended for them. Most of these feeds contain salt, but you shouldn’t worry about it. But if you give, compound feed for pigs to their birds, then they will definitely be poisoned by this additive, since its content is rather high there.

Then remember that salt is not food, but only an optional dietary supplement. If you feed it plenty, then your poultry farming will end, not yet begun. Therefore, if the product contains salt and you are not sure whether its permissible norm for the bird in it is exceeded, then it is better not to give such food. You should also completely eliminate this additive in its pure form from the diet of layers.

Why yes?

Salt is a valuable food supplement that is very useful for chickens, especially for egg breeds. However, it is necessary to include it in food very carefully. It is especially necessary not to score about it, if the chickens are raised without walking or with limited walking. It is part of the set of feed, but in very small quantities.

In small farms, it is an indispensable ingredient in most wet mashes. But, again, there should be no more than 3-5 g per 1 kg of feed, otherwise white crystals will harm instead of benefit.

findings

Salt can be given to chickens and even necessary, especially when there is no or limited walking space. True, it is useful only in very limited quantities. If to exceed it, all advantage will evaporate on eyes and will turn to harm.

The calculation of the product is based on the method of feeding. If we give the purchase of feed for chickens, then add there white crystals do not need. If we feed on mash, the norm is not more than 5 g per 1 kg of feed. With a varied feeding, it is better to exclude the supplement from the diet or to feed only with masses, not exceeding the above described rate.

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