Could a layer chicken be fine and lay eggs normally by eating only duckweed or azolla ,nothing else ?

by Dipayan
(India)

Could a layer chicken be fine and lay eggs normally by eating only duckweed or azolla ,nothing else ?

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by: sharon

No. Think about all the things that are in an egg. Protein, fat, and calcium are the main ingredients. Aside from creating eggs inside her body, a hen needs these things to keep her own body healthy. These plants will probably contain some of these, but she would need to eat quite a bit. It would be likely, if those plants were the only thing she ate, no bugs, no chicken feed, grains and seeds, she would need to use the nutrients to available just to keep her own body healthy and have few resources available to create eggs. She needs a more balanced diet. Chickens are omnivorous, meaning they eat vegetation and protein sources, depending on what is available. Many chicken feeds are about 20% protein. They contain vegetable matter, grains and some fats and usually calcium. If the chicken is caged and unable to eat anything other than these plants you mention, she would probably be very thin, possibly not live as long, and if she did lay eggs for you, it wouldn't be very many.

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