Organic and all-natural chicken layer feeds are a terrific way to boost egg production for your hens. We’ll take a look at how chicken layer feed works, and why organic and all-natural feeds make a difference. Make New Heritage Feed Co. your source for organic and all-natural chicken layer feed.

What Is Chicken Layer Feed?

The backyard chicken coop movement is blowing up right now. Many folks have undertaken this challenging, rewarding, and timeless activity for the first time. While many New Heritage customers are familiar with chicken layer feed, we also have many novices out there.

First of all, we’d like to welcome all of our first-timers! We are so excited for you as you embark on a new adventure.

Next, let’s do a quick introduction into chicken layer feed.

Who Should Consider Layer Feed?

Different kinds of poultry have different nutritional needs. Chicken layer feed is designed and intended for egg-laying chickens. Specifically, these chickens lay eggs for human consumption.

To qualify as a layer feed, the ingredients must include at least 16 percent protein (ours has more) and higher calcium levels than other feeds. The reason behind these requirements is that they help ensure the eggshells’ proper development. calcium, in particular, aids in strong eggshell growth.

When Should Caretakers Introduce Chicken Layer Feed to Their Hens?

As a general rule, you should start feeding chickens layer feed at about 18 weeks. Most chickens begin their egg-laying cycle between 16 to 18 weeks. If a chicken lays their first egg before 18 weeks of age, you can introduce layer feed at that time.

Different Forms of Chicken Layer Feed

Typically, chicken layer feed comes in two primary forms: pellets and crumbles. Consequently, you will have to ask around, and ultimately, find what works best for your chickens.

There is a third type of layer feed that you don’t see quite as frequently. This type of feed, called mash, often comes directly from local feed mills. In terms of texture, it is a little closer to crumbles. 

As to which kind of feed is preferable, you can find supporters of both kinds of feed.

The Importance of Proper Hydration for Egg-Laying Chickens

Of course, the best chicken layer feed in the world won’t matter if you don’t adequately hydrate your chickens.

Water is essential for egg-laying chickens. By “essential,” we mean chickens need water constantly to lay their eggs. Indeed, if caretakers forget to water their flock for even a day, production can drop by up to 30 percent.

The exact amount of water that chickens need varies depending on the weather and the chickens themselves. However, you may notice some tell-tale signs if you don’t properly hydrate your egg-laying flock.

Some symptoms of dehydration in egg-laying chickens include thinner shells as well as a sudden and quick reduction in production. Chickens may eat less. Furthermore, you may notice weight loss, depression, and decreased mobility in the flock.

Besides the obvious humanitarian reasons, there are other disadvantages that you should avoid allowing your flock to become dehydrated. Namely, even 24 hours of dehydration can mean up to a month to get egg-production back on track.

The New Heritage Difference: Organic or All-Natural, It’s Your Choice!

Now that we’ve talked Chicken Layer Feed 101, it’s time to get more into the more advanced stuff. You know the basics. You may be wondering why organic or all-natural layer feed is a worthwhile investment.

Simply put, organic feed is untreated, natural feed. Organic chicken feed is free of additives. By additives, we mean chemicals like pesticides, as well as antibiotics and hormones.

There is a highly complex process that ensures organic feed earns its distinction. Farms with organic certifications grow organic ingredients on organic land.

Additionally, since organic feed is free of pesticides, there is an additional human element. Organic farms have to work a little harder to protect their land and crops from harmful bugs and animals.

However, don’t feel the need to limit yourself to organic feed to benefit your animals. New Heritage Feed Co. knows that how you feed your animals is your choice. That is why we offer all-natural feeds.

All-natural feed with the benefits of essential oils offers quality nutrition, which is why we offer it at New Heritage.

Why Quality Matters for Chicken Layer Feed

When you feed your flock something that’s good for them, it’s good for you. Essential oils and plant-based additives increase wellness for your animals.

Organic farms have to meet strict criteria to receive their organic certification. That means they have to exhibit maximum care for the earth, as well as for any animals they raise.

Buying organic allows you to respect yourself and your family, to support animal welfare, and to help protect the planet. Feeding your animals all-natural feed reduces dependence on antibiotic use.

You want your egg-laying chickens to lay the very best eggs. Why wouldn’t you give them the very best feed? If you want healthy, nutritious eggs, you need healthy chickens with nutritious diets.

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All-Natural Chicken Layer Feed from New Heritage Feed Co.

New Heritage Feed Co. offers a few options when it comes to chicken layer feed. Our 17 percent organic chicken layer feed comes with and without soy

If you are interested in layer feed with essential oils, we offer 18 percent layer feed/all flock pellets. This versatile feed is infused with essential oils, which studies indicate may boost animals’ immune systems.

What better way to care for animals than with natural ingredients? New Heritage Feed Co. shares your desire to give your animals the very best. 

Holistic health and wellbeing for egg-consuming people begin with what you feed your animals. Happy, healthy animals can in turn gift humankind with happiness and health. 

Learn more about our feeds to find the best fit for your chickens, goats, cattle, and other kinds of animals. Then, find a New Heritage Feed Co. retailer near you and stock up!