What additives should be added to chicken feed in cold season?

Chickens love temperature and are afraid of cold. In the cold and low temperature seasons, their physical fitness and production performance decrease, their material consumption increases, and their egg production decreases. They are prone to catch colds and other respiratory infectious diseases. In the cold seasons, if you add appropriate additives to the chicken feed, you can enhance the immunity of the chicken.

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1.Cod liver oil. It mainly contains vitamin A and vitamin D, which can enhance physical fitness, improve the quality of eggshells, and enhance the ability to resist cold stress. Cod liver oil is best to choose oil or liquid, so that it can be used at the same time with other drugs.

2.Vitamin E. Low temperature will reduce the performance of chicken ovaries and reduce egg production. Vitamin E is usually added at 10mg per kilogram of diet, and it needs to be increased by 2-6 times in early spring to improve immunity and egg production.

3.Vitamin C. It has anti-infection, detoxification and anti-stress effects, can increase chickens' resistance to low temperature and disease, prevent infectious diseases, and increase egg production. Adding 5 g of vitamin C to every 100 kg of chicken feed can reduce feed consumption and increase egg production.

4.Calcium. Chickens with mild calcium deficiency lay soft-shelled eggs. In severe cases, they will twitch their toes, which is life-threatening. In the early spring, chickens have a corresponding increase in calcium requirements.

5.Chili powder. It is rich in carotene and multiple vitamins. Adding 1% chili powder to chicken diets in early spring can improve chicken immunity and egg production.

6.Lodine. Iodine supplementation can enhance cold and warmth resistance. Iodized table salt can be supplied with the same amount as ordinary table salt; or kelp can be added to the feed, and the added amount accounts for 2% to 6% of the diet. The kelp is cold, and an appropriate amount of ginger can be prepared to ease its coldness.

7.Iron. Animals are iron deficient, their ability to resist cold is reduced, and they are afraid of cold. Iron supplementation for laying hens is very important, and the required amount is 35 to 45 mg per kilogram of diet.

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