Poultry Care: Supplementing Feed

Poultry Feed, Supplements and Equipment at Wadswick Country Store

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Keeping chickens at home can be such a rewarding experience. Aside from providing you with delicious fresh eggs, hens can become much-loved members of the household.

Hen health is of course of utmost importance and much is written about providing them with the right feed, grit, housing and water. But, did you know, that supplementing your hen’s feed is also important?

With the help of veterinary supplement experts, NAF, we’ve been looking into why using a supplement such as Life-Guard can be so beneficial.

Why to supplement

Egg Production and Quality

Egg production and quality is significant as the benefits are often passed onto the end user – us. Retaining strong shell quality while supporting yolk colour, white quality and vigour is directly targeted thanks to the synergistic approach taken when feeding Life-Guard. Egg production is also a key area of importance as both external and internal sources of stress can influence production. Life-Guard understands the right ratios of supportive vitamins, minerals and trace elements that help promote healthy production combined with essential herbal elements that offer a powerful natural approach.

Moulting Support

When hens renew their feathers and go through the moult, which occurs naturally, laying tends to cease to ensure nutrient stores are not depleted and their bodily systems remain strong. By targeting these nutrient stores and underpinning healthy bodily function, Life-Guard hens are able to optimised production and support their systems each time they moult.

Digestive Health

Systematic support is a key target; this includes digestive health. Life-Guard hens are helped to maximise the rate of absorption through the small intestine. This helps to restore and balance the diet effectively.

Respiratory Health

Respiratory health is of title importance, with the nine air sacs that support the efforts of the lungs it is a complex structure that requires the right nutrition to maintain its health, elasticity and retain clear passage. Life-Guard hens benefit from crucial skeletal support to sustain the vital organs within while providing fundamental nutrition for respiratory function.

Toxin Stress

Toxin stress is targeted through specific antioxidants; these support the individual’s own natural defences against the effects of free radicals. Harmlessly mopping up and excreting them from the system leaving the hen in optimism health.

Fertility and Reproduction

Heat stress and fat deposits are two factors leading to sub-fertility. Vital vitamins in Life-Guard are included to play an integral role in optimising fertility and reproductive health. Life-Guard hens are healthy fertile hens.

Life-Guard by NAF is formulated to address the daily requirements and challenges faced by hens. Ideal for healthy hens to retain a bright outlook, ex-battery hens and those that require a targeted approach to their health and lifestyle. Simply add Life-Guard into their water supply to enable them to receive the benefits daily.

In short, Life-Guard, provides:

  • Targeted gut support
  • An essential immune system boost
  • Support against contact with toxin stress
  • Concentrated vitamins and minerals to help prevent deficiency
  • Healthy locomotion

Feed Life-Guard in times of:

  • Environmental challenge
  • During moulting
  • To promote egg production and quality
  • To support feathering and skin condition
  • To help improve bodyweight and movement

Additional Supplements

Apple Cider Vinegar

Simply add to water premium grade Apple Cider Vinegar. NAF’s is unpasteurised ensuring that all the natural goodness – known as the ‘Mother’ – is retained. Apple Cider Vinegar is traditionally selected to support the immune system, maintain vitality and feather condition.

When to feed:

  • Help retain vitality
  • Support respiratory health
  • Promote a healthy gut environment
  • Introduce uninhabitable conditions for parasites
  • Support the immune system

Omega Oil

Omega oil is added to feed and is a blend of natural oils rich in the essential Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids for optimum feather and egg quality.

When to feed:

  • To support egg quality
  • Enhance feather condition
  • Increase omega oils in the diet


Seaweed is a great natural source for a full range of vitamins and minerals necessary for feather growth and condition. Providing immune system support and helping enhance digestive function.

When to feed:

  • Provides natural sources of vitamins and minerals
  • Support their immune system
  • Help decrease yolk cholesterol
  • Support digestive function