The Pre-lay mash assists in the development of calcium metabolism within the hens and helps control the reduced daily feed intake normally associated with early production. The feed when correctly used can also enhance the uniformity of the pullet flock. It is fed from the 16th/18th week to when the egg production reaches a consistent 5% weekly production.
Unlike feeds for ruminants, poultry diets are usually complete feeds and supply the total daily requirements apart from water. These feed help to maximize production whether it be for eggs, meat or rearing replacements. Essentially, broiler varieties of chicken feed are denser in protein, which encourages the flock to grow bigger, faster.
- This is a loose and unprocessed version of chicken feed. Similar to the texture of potting soil, the mash is the finest variety of chicken feed commonly available. Mash is normally used for chicks, as it is easy to digest, however it is not uncommon for fully mature birds to be fed mash.