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To get the best out of the genetic

performance potential of



layers, feeding them with a good

structured mash feed with full nutritive

value is a must. Such nutrition can best be

guaranteed by a complete feed adapted

to the performance potential. Our feeding

recommendations concentrate on the

essential nutrients and are designed to cover

the requirements for the best performance

in every stage of development.

Ad Libitum Feed Supply

LOHMANN Layers and their breeders are

specialised birds selected for a high egg

production. Because of their high turnover

rates “feed into food”, they have a big de-

mand for nutrients. Layers in full production

convert roughly one third of the consumed

nutrients into eggs. There is no danger in

wasting feed by supplying feed ad libitum,

because the hens can adjust their intake to

the nutrient density of the feed. But there is

a real danger in restricting birds in feed in-

take. An undersupply of nutrients will harm

the birds. They lose production and once

exhausted, they easily can run into a health


Feed Consumption

Feed consumption is mainly affected by:

Body weight


House temperature: Low temperature

increases the maintenance requirement

for energy.

Condition of feathering: Poor feathering

condition due to management mistakes

or malnutrition increases the maintenance

requirement for energy.

Feed texture: Coarse and homogenous

texture increases while fine texture de-

creases feed intake.

Energy level: The higher the energy level

of the feed, the lower the feed intake and

vice versa.

Nutrient imbalances: The hen will try to

compensate for any nutrient deficits by

increasing feed consumption especially in

the latest age of production.


A balanced and nutritious diet during the

rearing stage is essential to enable the chick

to develop into a mature pullet. Chicks and

pullets should be fed a coarse diet (for

particle sizes see table on page 14) of a


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