The Things You Need To Know About Feeding Your Birds

When it comes to raising birds, a very important aspect to consider is the feeding regimes that need to be followed. The various feeders and feeds that should be used change depending on the circumstances. For example, the type of feed to be used for egg-laying chickens or other birds will greatly differ from that used for birds raised for meat, or for the young hatchlings. Similarly, depending on the type of birds and also on the fact of whether different breeds live together, you will have to look into a number of feeder and waterer options. Below is a simple guide to understanding the basics of feeding your birds:To start with, unlike buying (which largely do not have many differences between them), feeders come in a number of varieties, been made in different shapes, materials or using different feeding mechanisms.

The basic point to consider when buying a feeder is to understand that its purpose is to equally feed all of your birds. The problem is that poultry birds are essentially an aggressive species, which means that it is very common to see birds fight amongst themselves for food sources. Accordingly, buying a feeder is also about ensuring every bird in the flock is properly nourished. The way to achieve this is to buy a feeder that matches the number of birds in the flock, as well as the breed or species of the birds. If you have a large number of birds in your flock, do not be stingy and invest in a large feeder that has enough space for all your birds; likewise, if you have different species mixed together, such as chooks and chickens, invest in separate feeders (you can find both chicken chook feeders for sale at many farm suppliers or online stores). This will basically ensure that your younger, weaker birds will not be bullied into giving up their food sources to the older, stronger birds.The next point to consider is the feed regime you wish your birds to follow. As was mentioned above, the feed requirements will differ with regards to your purpose for raising the birds. Egg-laying hens and younger hatchlings will technically need nutritious feeds to ensure healthy growth, whereas poultry kept for meat purposes will need fattening feeds to ensure their meat fattens adequately.

Finally, remember that regardless of which type of feeder or feed you decide to use, you will have to regularly maintain and clean the feeder to ensure that the proper hygiene standards are maintained. This is because birds are weak to diseases – it is not so hard for a small disease to quickly spread and kill your entire flock if you do not clean your feeders properly.Chicken-Feed-Water-resize