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.