Egg production requires quality micronutrients such as vitamins and trace minerals in addition to protein, energy, calcium and phosphorus. Egg shell quality is important to ensure that the nutrient placed in the egg can, in fact, be utilized. Good egg shell quality comes not only from the calcium and phosphorus but also requires the work of enzymes and proteins to ensure that the egg shell will be of both the proper mineral content and composition to allow the strength and flexibility to reduce shell breakage. Additionally, it is important for those raising birds for eggs that other factors affect actual egg production including the age of the hen, the stage of egg production and the amount of sunlight present.
(Birds should be kept under lights to stimulate egg production when daylight hours are short.)
Prince offers 2 different layer feeds:
20% Egg Mash and 17% complete layer.
Poultry geneticist have and continue to make great strides in improving the efficiency of both chickens for laying eggs and chickens grown for meat production. Laying hens are "leaner birds" that have been designed to put most of their energy into producing eggs. They need starter and grower feeds that allow them to grow and prepare their bodies for producing eggs rather than building body tissues. It is important the early growth is maximized so that birds will have a larger frame which will allow for the production of larger eggs. Pullets should weigh 1 pound by 6 weeks of age, and should be at 95% of their adult frame size by 12-14 weeks. Birds for meat production, Broilers, need to support maximum growth in muscle tissue and bone to support their heavier bodies. Meat type birds mature at an earlier age and require a nutrient dense diet to meet their needs. Prince offers both medicated and non-medicated forms of poultry starter feeds (Prince Starter and Prince Broiler Starter).
We carry a wide variety of prince starters and growers.