- Broilers: Feed at 10-15% of the total ration.
- Layers: Start feeding at 1-2% of the total diet.
Some of the many benefits of feeding alfalfa pellets to poultry include:
- Increased pigmentation Layers will produce eggs with more orangey yolks due to the high xanthophyll content found in alfalfa.
- This also contributes to more yellowish tinged skin and fat pigmentation in broilers.
- Such coloring is a consumer preference in many parts of North America.
- Reduced cholesterol When dehy alfalfa is included in the meat bird diet at 10-15% of the ration, cholesterol level of the meat is reduced.
- This makes the poultry meat healthier for the human consumer.
- Rich in available minerals Dehy alfalfa is an excellent source of available calcium and phosphorous, as well as Vitamins D and A.
- The high level of calcium offsets the negative Ca:P ratio of many grains including corn, soy, barley and wheat.
- Calcium is necessary to reduce the hens reliance on her medullary bone reserves for eggshell deposition.
- High in fibre A bulkier feed and therefore makes a good addition to the diets of broiler breeders or other birds who may otherwise be feed restricted.
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