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Animal Feed for Chicken Farms

Poultry farming, raising of birds domestically or commercially, primarily for meat and eggs but also for feathers.

Poultry feed ingredients include energy concentrates such as corn, oats, wheat, barley, sorghum and milling by-products. Protein concentrates include soybean meal, guar korma meal and other oilseed meals (peanut, sesame, safflower, sunflower, etc.), cottonseed meal, animal protein sources (meat and bone meal, dried whey, fish meal, etc.), grain legumes such as dry beans and field peas, and alfalfa. Grains are usually ground to improve digestibility. Roasted soybeans are high in fat which provides energy to the birds.

Chicken feed usually contains soybean meal which is a by-product of the oilseed industry. Vegetable oils such as soybean oil are used for edible and industrial purposes. Flaxseeds (or linseeds), brown and golden,  are also used to improve the quality of the final products (eggs or meat). Most types have similar nutritional characteristics and equal numbers of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids.