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Animals | September 19, 2020

Coastal Nutriton Talk with Nutrena: Feather Fixer and Country Feeds Ducks Feed

Chickens Ducks Poultry Feather Fixer Nutrena County Mindset

Meg is back with another Nutrition Talk with Nutrena®. This time, she’s chatting with several Nutrena nutrition experts about poultry, specifically NatureWise Feather Fixer Poultry Feed Crumble and Country Feeds Duck Feed 18% Pellet. We’ve compiled some of the questions and answers below the video.

Q: Why do I need Feather Fixer?  

Every year, chickens molt. They usually do this at 15-18 months of age, and they’ll do it every year after that.  The feather fixer supports feather growth during those molts, supporting the regrowth. This feed brings them out of molt faster. It also encourages added eggshell strength and golden egg yolks.

Q: Why should I feed my ducks Country Feeds Duck Feed 18% Pellet?

Nutrena interviewed waterfowl breeders and asked what they wanted in a duck feed. Then, they delivered it. Nutrena Country Feeds Duck Feed has higher niacin levels, less calcium for drake health, includes prebiotics and probiotics, and since ducks are omnivores, it has animal byproducts.

Q: Is molting the same with all chicken breeds?

The experts with Nutrena explained that molting is all about the chicken and not necessarily the breed. Some chickens look worse than others while molting with shorter and longer molting periods.  

Q: How long does molt last? Will this feed shorten that time?  

It usually lasts 8-12 weeks. The feed is designed to shorten that time, bring them back to laying eggs, and get them back to where they were.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you feed ducks?
Ducks need feed with higher niacin levels, less calcium for drake health, as well as prebiotics and probiotics, including animal byproducts.

What to feed baby ducks?
Ducklings and goslings prefer greens, bugs, meal worms, and other feed. Be sure their feed is wet to help minimize choking.

How to get chickens to grow feathers back
Because chickens molt every year after the age of 15 to 18 months, feather fixer helps support feather growth during molts and bring them out of molt faster.

What is feather fixer?
Feather fixer is a special feed that supports feather growth during molts and encourages added eggshell strength and golden egg yolks.

What do you feed chickens for feather growth?
Because chickens molt every year after the age of 15 to 18 months, feather fixer helps support feather growth during molts and bring them out of molt faster.  

How long does molt last? Will this feed shorten that time?
Molt usually lasts from 8 to 12 weeks. Feather fixer is designed to shorten their time molting, and return them to laying eggs.

How do I get my chicken’s feathers to grow back?
Because chickens molt every year after the age of 15 to 18 months, feather fixer helps support feather growth during molts and bring them out of molt faster.  

How do you make a layer feed?
Ingredients of a layer feed should include seeds, alfalfa, corn, wheat, barley and oats. Additional possible items include sea kelp, probiotic powder, fish meal, food-grade lime, flaxseed, along with a nutrient blend.

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