Are you among the poultry farmers that have been complaining about the high costs of feed? Well, you should just accept the status quo as prices of livestock feeds are not expected to fall so soon. What you need to do now is to look for new feed alternatives to nourish and improve the performance of your birds. Luckily, the popular Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is an excellent option.
Moringa for Chickens
Using moringa as a feed source for chickens is now the norm in most parts of the world. This is due to the great nutritional benefits that the plant offers in the performance of poultry birds, in addition to being economical and easy to get.
Benefits of Moringa to Chickens
Moringa has become an excellent alternative feed of chickens due to its high nutritional value. Therefore, it is not surprising that many expert farmers consider it as the “superfood for birds”.
Moringa leaves are high in crude protein (25-30% CP) and contain all the essential amino acids that are required in a single meal. The following are the benefits of moringa to chickens.
- It increases metabolism and improves nutrient assimilation
- It improves the color and quality of the feathers
- Chickens feed with moringa are more resistant to diseases as it boosts their immune system
- It contains natural antimicrobial agent hence can help chickens to fight disease organisms.
- It helps prevent infections naturally
- It speeds up the growth of the bird (natural growth booster)
- It improves the quality of the egg yolk and eggshell
How to Prepare Moringa
Making chicken feed with moringa is quite straightforward.
- Extract the leaves from the tree
- Placed them under a shade to air-dry (don’t sun dry)
- Once the leaves are dry, ground them into fine powder
- Mix the moringa powder with the chicken feed or the drinking water
The recommended inclusion level of moringa in chicken feed is 10%. It is important to avoid exceeding the 10% because rather than giving positive effects, the health and general performance of the chickens would be badly affected. Researchers have found that including over 10% of moringa leaf meal in the diet of laying chickens reduces egg production and increases feed conversion ratio.