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Why You Should Give Your Egg Laying Poultry Birds More Of The Cabbages, Kales And Watermelons.

Poultry farming is the practice of keeping various domestic birds primarily for egg and meat production. There are many species of birds that are kept for different purposes. These birds have been classified into two broad groups namely: layer birds and broiler birds. Layer birds are those that are principally kept for production of eggs while broilers produce meat. All these birds or chickens need proper maintenance in terms of feeding, housing and disease control to produce high quality and quantity of products.

Many farmers keep a vast variety of poultry birds in their farms in Kenya. They practice poultry rearing on either small scale or large scale units depending on factors such as capital availability, farmer's knowledge level, consumer's demand, government policy and prevailing climatic conditions. This article discusses some of the reasons for feeding your chickens on cabbages, kales and watermelons.

As we generally know cabbages, kales and watermelons are examples of very nutritious vegetables that we have in vivo, these green vegetables contain essential macro and micro nutrients that boost the production level of the body. They contain minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, molybdenum, boron, carbon and nitrogen.

Calcium element plays a vital role in promotion of laying of eggs with hard shells. Eggs with calcareous shells do not easily break and hence are transported to the market effectively. Elements of iron in green vegetables helps fight against anaemia in poultry birds by enhancing formation of more red blood cells in the bone marrow stromal cells. Chickens with enough blood are very active and give high yields.

In addition, watermelons contain high level of water which positively adds to the metabolic water of chickens. Water is very important in chickens as it forms about 80 percent of the yolk of an egg.

Apart from just feeding the chickens on adequate food rations, the farmer should also consider the productivity level of the chicks that he or she wants to keep in the farm. Some of the best breeds of chickens in East Africa include: Hamburg, Leghorn, Sussex, Barnevelder, Rhodes Island Red and Plymouth Rock.

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