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Why use a starter feed from the day the chicks hatch?

Why use a starter feed from the day the chicks hatch?

Article by Carsten Pedersen, Nutritionist at HAMLET PROTEIN

Give hatchlings an easily digestible diet, and they’ll grow to their full potential.

Chicks grow and develop at an incredible rate during the first week of hatching. With just 34-42 days from the beginning to end of the broiler production cycle, that makes the right choice of starter feed particularly critical.
The key consideration for the producer is the digestibility of the feed. Both the digestive tract and immune system are highly immature at hatching. So, unless the feed is easy to digest, most of the nutrients will pass through the digestive tract unabsorbed and be excreted in the droppings.

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