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Deb Brandt-Buehler
June 27,二千零一十四

给你的母鸡可口的招待不需要精心制作或昂贵。事实上,you can feed them seasonal favorites as they ripen in your own garden or arrive in your pantry or refrigerator.While you and your hens are enjoying the same delicious foods you are adding needed protein,维生素和矿物质鸡蛋你吃饭。


Your Chickens' Diet Affects You

According to the American Egg Board,鸡蛋给人提供胆碱(胆碱有助于胎儿大脑发育)。lutein and zeaxanthin (contributing to eye health),磷,硒,and riboflavin.而且,of course,鸡蛋是蛋白质的重要来源。

这些都是母鸡的食物来源,including through treats.同时,食物会影响鸡蛋的味道。For instance,如果母鸡吃洋葱,onion greens,garlic,fish and cheese,他们的蛋可能会有这些味道的暗示。Even cabbage can result in cabbage-like flavor in the eggs.

博士。Tom Tabler推广教授,密西西比州立大学扩建,Department of Poultry Science explains that eggs,就像牛奶和蜂蜜一样,are a byproduct of a system.Just as milk or honey can take on the flavor of seasonal plants consumed or visited by the animal,鸡蛋也可以。

Here are seven tasty treats you can feed your hens throughout the year that are also packed with nutrition to support healthier eggs.

1.西红柿

The stunning colors of ripe西红柿are attractive to your hens,and while they gobble up this tasty treat,they're benefiting from natural calcium,镁,磷,choline and vitamins A,C和K.

2。Cabbage

夏天还是冬天cabbageand other leafy greens provide your hens a source of protein,vitamins A and C,叶酸,钙,铁,镁,磷,钾,硒。Hang this fresh veggie in the chicken run,offering an enticing treat that will keep you chickens well-entertained as the peck at it.

3.Raw Pumpkin

This autumn crop is a great source of vitamins A and C,叶酸,胆碱,钙,镁,磷和钾。Pumpkins是母鸡发现的另一种有趣的蔬菜,它们啄食自己的方式,一个干净的南瓜皮。

4。蓝莓

A great source of magnesium,钾,phosphorus and calcium,blueberries还提供维生素A,C and K,as well as choline and folate.它们还为鸡提供天然的抗氧化剂来源。

5。西瓜

凉爽的夏日盛宴,this juicy fruit's color and flavor are attractive to hens,while also providing them with vitamins A and C,叶酸,胆碱,钙,镁,磷,and potassium.

6.Oatmeal

During the coldest winter weather,oatmeal can be both warming and nutritious.A source of protein,叶酸和胆碱,钙,镁,磷,硒和钾:这种食品储藏室的即食食品易于制备,食用时很受欢迎。

7.炒鸡蛋

As long as the eggs are well-cooked (and virtually unrecognizable as eggs),它们可以为母鸡提供维生素A和D的来源,叶酸,胆碱,钙,镁,磷,钾,硒。它们也是蛋白质的极好来源。准备充分,它们会伪装成你的母鸡;食用未煮熟或生的鸡蛋可以鼓励你的羊群吃鸡蛋。

Everything In Moderation

Tabler提醒说,尽管零食能为您的羊群提供多样性和营养,they should be available on a limited basis.

"Chickens are like a lot of other creatures," Tabler says.“如果你把一堆东西扔出去,他们知道自己的身体需要什么。而且,you don't want to go overboard;应适度提供款待。”

各种各样的食物应该与均衡的饮食搭配。他解释说。If hens go off laying,开始生产薄壳鸡蛋或没有壳的鸡蛋,这可能是一个指标,他们正在消费太多的待遇,并没有足够的平衡饲料。Treats should not be chickens' main source of food.

提供您的羊群待遇可以是一个有趣的机会,观察他们喜欢或留下。It can be an opportunity to notice what your flock is consuming when free ranging and what they might need as the seasons change.

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