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Feed a well-balanced diet.

Well-fed chickens lay more eggs, grow faster, produce better meat, and have good immune systems to fight off disease. Even if they have a large area of land to forage on, they need at least part of their diet to come from commercial feed so they get all the nutrients they need.

Today’s commercial feeds are well-balanced, with the correct ratios of protein, minerals, and so on for the type of bird they are labeled for. They come in pellet, mash, or crumb form so the chickens can’t pick out their favorite pieces and avoid the rest. If you want organic commercial feeds, these are now available on the market in many areas.

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