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2017-04-17

FREEDING YOUR FREE-RANGE CHICKENS WITH SCRAPS

Feeding your Free-Range Chickens with kitchen scraps cost you nothing, they can eat just about any kind vegetable, herbs and fruit.

Never feed them any kinds of meats, apples must have no seeds and the same goes for apricots and no avocado.  

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Clarke - 09:52:10 @ FREE RANGE POULTY INFORMATION | 140 comments

2017-04-14

ICBH - KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE POCO BREED OF INDIGENOUS CHICKENS

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2017-04-13

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO FEED GRIT TO YOUR CHICKENS!

Adding shell grit to your chickens diet is vitally important – it’s essential to their digestive system healthy and functioning well, and helps to ensure they have access to the nutrients their bodies demand.

Here’s a little more about grit, and why it’s a great idea to add some to your flock’s feed.

What does it help with?

Grit is designed to help the chickens’ digestive system function well and break down the food as it should. The grit helps grind down the food in the gizzards, keeping their digestive system happy!

Shell grit also gives your chickens’ calcium levels a boost – something that is crucial to your flock’s bone strength and eggshell strength.
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If you keep your chickens in a coop run or fenced enclosure, it is recommended you add grit to their diets as they may not be able to forage enough naturally.

Insoluble/Flint Grit – this grit is made of finely crushed granite.  When buying Insoluble grit, check with the pet store staff that it is the right size for your flock’s age. Having grit that is ground up too finely for your bird’s size means that it will simply pass through the digestive system and have no benefits

Sometimes grit may have a touch of charcoal added to the mix, which further aids healthy digestion.

Where can I find it?

You will be able to find insoluble and soluble/oyster shell grit from virtually any pet store. They are generally available to buy separately, however some also sell ‘mixed grit’ for convenience.  A quick google search will also bring up places where you may be able to order grit online in your area

Remember that chickens are incredible creatures that sense what they’re deficient in and eat accordingly – so if you pop mixed grit into their feeder, they will pick out the bits of calcium that their body may be craving.  Or, if your chickens are particularly good foragers and get enough grit from the ground, shell grit is always a good calcium additive for their feed.

Clarke - 05:39:16 @ FREE RANGE POULTY INFORMATION | 77 comments

2017-03-29

FARMING WITH FLIES TO FEED YOUR LIVE STOCK

AgriProtein has set up camp in North America with the aim of building 20 fly farms in the US and Canada in pursuit of its global targets of 100 fly farms by 2024 and 200 by 2027.

Co-founder and CEO Jason Drew explains: “With supplies of fishmeal dwindling we’re moving as quickly as we can to bring insect protein into the mainstream of animal feed.”
                  
The world’s biggest fly-farmer and first commercial-scale insect meal producer, AgriProtein is building a global network of insect protein factories mass-producing sustainable animal feeds to replace fishmeal used in aquaculture and agriculture.

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On the supply side of the business, AgriProtein’s technology helps tackle the world’s growing waste crisis by rearing fly larvae on a massive scale on organic waste, which would otherwise go to landfill. Co-founder and CEO Jason Drew explains: “With supplies of fishmeal dwindling we’re moving as quickly as we can to bring insect protein into the mainstream of animal feed. As well as ensuring continued supply of protein in the years ahead, replacing fishmeal with insect meal allows our oceans to heal, reduces greenhouse gases at every stage of the supply chain from point-of-catch to point-of-sale and leaves more fish in the sea for humans.”

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