WATT Poultry USA - February 2018 - 15
ANYONE WHO BUYS
COMPLETE feeds assumes
the diets are well-balanced
according to widely
This can be far from true.
Pellets and crumbles
It is widely known that birds will consume
a greater amount of nutrients when offered
pelleted feeds. This is because pellets present a more
compact form of diet that requires greater consumption to provide the same gut fill before satiety signals
inform the bird that enough has been consumed. In
addition, pelleted feed is considered slightly more digestible than feed in meal form. There are many more
benefits, some of which may not justify the expense of
pelleting, but when feed intake must be maximized,
pellets are a must. Crumbles are best reserved for starting chicks as the fines in them partially offset some of
the benefits described above for older birds.
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Although strictly a management decision, it has
been observed (not always, however, with the
same success) that birds will consume a greater quantity of feed, and digest it better, when raised on a rotating on-off lighting program. A common program is
two hours of light, which initiates a feed consumption
cycle, followed by two hours of darkness, where birds
rest. Variations exist, but if combined with pelleted
feeds, then birds will consume the most feed possible.
As a side note, it must be remembered that more feeding positions might be required compared with other
management programs to allow all birds to start eating
at the same time.
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