In order to meet the nutritional requirements of chickens and pullets, the feed must be concentrated with energy, proteins, vitamins and trace elements that comply with the conditions set out for organic agriculture. The balance between these nutrients depends on the stage that the bird is at in its life.
Guaranteeing the safety of the feed used for laying hens, particularly the prevention of salmonella contamination, is essential, which is why we heat treat all the different meals used, therefore guaranteeing the destruction of any pathogenic germs.
We pay special attention to the way in which the feeds are presented to ensure that they are suitable for the bird’s behaviour. In the case of young chicks, crumbs are used in order to encourage feed intake, whereas a coarse meal is more suitable for hens as they peck.
Innovations and products
The farmer’s aim is to ensure good pullet growth rates from hatching to 18 weeks old, in order for them to become good layers. UFAB has three types of organic feed for this period, that have been developed to suit their growth stage:
- Chick 1 (0 to 4 weeks)
- Chick 2 (5 to 10 weeks)
- Pullet (11 to 18 weeks)
When chickens start producing their nutritional requirements evolve, notably their calcium levels for shell formation. They vary according to the live weight of the bird, the production system, the stage in the laying cycle and its intensity. The organic UFAB feeds are suited to this cycle:
- Start of laying (18 to 24 weeks)
- Peak of laying (25 to 45 weeks)
- End of laying (46 weeks to culling)
The Omega range of feeds enables the conditions of the Bleu Blanc Cœur standards to be met, whilst complying with the principles of organic agriculture.
For farmers who prefer local produce, the Localim feed range is made using organic plant raw materials and C2, that are exclusively of French origin.
Our organic feed supplements enable rations made using home-grown produce to be improved, and to provide all the minerals necessary to meet the requirements of laying hens.