Importance of rearing and Pre-lay Feed
Pre-lay rations support a smooth transition from developer feed to layer feed, with 2 – 2.5 % calcium, while the other nutrients are similar to a layer feed. The major challenge to implement pre-lay feeding is logistics and correct use on the farm. As shown in the table below, use pre-lay feed for about ten days, with a maximum of 1 kg per pullet. Common mistakes are feeding pre-lay feed too early or for too long, which may result in poor peak rate of lay.
Pre-lay rations help the birds to adapt to the high calcium content of layer feed and to maintain sufficient daily feed intake. Higher levels of protein and amino acids allow late maturing birds to catch up in development, with positive effects on the uniformity of the flocks, and the calcium content prevents decalcification of bones of early maturing hens. Positive results of pre-lay feeding have been shown around the world in different production systems, and it is highly recommended to implement pre-lay feeding as a general practice for pullet flocks.
Farmsquare suggested use of Pre-Lay feed
Age at transfer
|> immediately start layer feed, phase 1|
They should be provided with Hybrid Feed to continue frame development and ensure that they do not become overweight.
Our Hybrid Feeds pre-lay mash diet can be fed from 16
weeks of age until about 18 weeks of age when feeds can be changed into layer feed. As they are now layers and expected to start laying eggs.