Canadian Poultry Magazine

Importance of Chick Nutrition

By Alltech   

Features Business & Policy Farm Business

Feb. 4, 2008, Lexington – Dr. Steve Leeson recently revealed new findings on the importance of chick nutrition in the first seven days to promote long-term higher weight gain.  The University of Guelph researcher was sponsored by Alltech, a global leader in animal health, to present his findings at the International Poultry Expo, held in Atlanta, Georgia. His findings exhibited the importance and impact of a comprehensive nutritional strategy for chicks during the first seven days out of the egg, which would in turn yield heavier birds at 42 days.

Leeson reported that a prestarter diet pack encompassing several
patented Alltech technologies fed for just the first seven days outside
of their shell yielded results such as:
.    34 percent heavier birds at 4 days
.    21 percent heavier birds at 7 days
.    17 percent heavier birds at 21 days
.    12 percent heavier birds at 33 days
.    9 percent heavier birds at 42 days

"Alltech has always been committed to providing natural solutions to
the feed and food industries, and this new research supports our
product, 'The 7-Day Charge,'" said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and
founder of Alltech. "Just as all babies – human and animal alike – need
strong nutritional foundations for future development, Dr. Leeson has
proven that this is true for chicks as well."


Attendees were amazed to hear about the possibility of a bird weighing
200 grams more after 42 days because of a mere seven-day nutritional
strategy at the beginning of a bird's life.

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