Minerals are needed by the body to do or make things, such as build bones, making hormones and regulating the heartbeat. Lack of certain minerals will result to certain bad results. Such as if calcium is not enough the bone will lack the density needed and could easily break or lose its proper formation.
Another is mineral diffeciency could result to death. Such as lack of manganese and magnesium of the hen and will make her eggs embryo die just about 10th to 18th day in incubation. Furthermore, hormones will not be produced enough or overly produced resulting to poor health that could result to death.
Naturally in the wild chickens get these minerals in the grains, grass, fruits, insects and small animals they eat. With additional supplementation from pecking of mineral-rich-soil. Because chickens including gamefowls usually don’t have access to these mineral-sources naturally commercial feeds are supplemented with vital minerals.
Minerals in Commercial Feeds
Feed companys design their feeds as per vital requirements in the particular stage of the gamefowl’s life. Together with the products market price. The more additives the company includes the more the feed gets expensive. Mostly, the balance of feed quality and price makes the inclusion of mineral additives at minimum required amount. Or even do not include some mineral at all.
So additional minerals supplementation is practices . Usually incorporated in vitamins supplement products.
In the range we dedicate some area for putting compost piles as additional source of these minerals. Read Mineral-Rich-Soil – a Natural Supplement for more.
The Two Kinds
There are 2 kinds of minerals. They are macro minerals and trace minerals. Macro minerals are needed in huge amount. From the word macro, needed in huge or big amounts. Like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and chloride. Unlike macro minerals, trace minerals are needed in just small amount. Like manganese, copper, iron, cobalt, flouride, selenium and zinc.
But remember even needed in large amount or just a little, they both have to be given as per body limitations. Giving large amount more than the body’s tolerable value could result to big problems like entoxication. Instead of aiding the body to its functions, over dosage destroys it.
List of Minerals commonly given to gamefowls.
- Others – Though not minerals, not vitamins either but we included in totalgamefowl system.
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