Vitamins and Minerals to Poultry

Forum: Vitamins and Minerals Important to Poultry

Published on: 11/09/2008
Source : Univ. of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service
Achieving maximum health and performance of poultry requires nutritionally balanced diets. One of the common issues with regard to back yard flocks relates to poor or inadequate feeding programs that can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies for the birds. Vitamins and minerals are very important components of a chickens diet and unless a formulated ration is feed, it is likely that deficiencie...
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Dr.Iftikhar Ahmad Mashhadi Dr.Iftikhar Ahmad Mashhadi
Animal Nutritionist
November 9, 2008
Here is a fundamental view regarding vitamins and minerals role and importance in a nutshell. But there feels thirst about Selenium, Sodium, Potasium and Chloride in this paper. Overall it is a reminder and revision for nutritionist.

Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Mashadi
Punjab Feeds Olympia Group
November 10, 2008
The information is good on Vitamins and minerals, though it is very basic. We would appreciate for the information on certain guidelines about the actual requirement of minerals for birds and the factors those influencing their dietary intake.
Best Regards,

Dr. Harish Dharne
Manager- Technical Services
Avitech Animal Health Pvt.Ltd.
Haryana, INDIA
Youssef Attia Youssef Attia
Animal Nutritionist
November 10, 2008
Sure, Vitamins and minerals are very important to poultry metabolism and good contribution is required to enhance knowledge in this area. However, this is basic information regarding vitamins and minerals for backyard birds, at commercial scale more information is needed such as the requirements under different production system, environmental condition and type of production.
November 10, 2008
Though all vitamins and minerals are very essential for health of bird, but in case of defficiency, how much amount can be given. Its supplementation can improve the defficiency in bird to normal or it helps the other birds to become defficient.
Arshaq Ramzee Arshaq Ramzee
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
December 13, 2008
A good ready reference guide for beginners to relate symptoms with deficiencies, but in reality it is much more complex.
Oyedele Oyewumi Oyedele Oyewumi
Technical Marketing Manager
December 17, 2008
This is an excellent presentation. However, for effective utilisation of the vitamin, choline chloride should be packed seperately from vitamin, especially in vitamin-mineral premix.
February 19, 2009
These are only basics which every nutritionist and feed formulator suppose to know.
More and more thrust to be given for specifying their levels for commercial broilers, layers and breeders to get optimum results in terms of: Feed Intake, wt gain, FCR in Broilers, HHA and HDA in commercial layers, hatchability % and no. of chicks in breeders.

Ganesh Kumar Dahal Ganesh Kumar Dahal
Managing Director MDH Pharmaceuticals Pvt.Ltd.
March 13, 2009
A thumb ready reference list of symptoms of vitamin deficiency. Role of vitamin C is well established in poultry but author has only considered the conventional aspect where as deficiency due to minerals like Selenium, Sodium, Potasium, Chloride is also not listed.

It would have been better if solution for Vitamin & Minerals deficiency would have been discussed for different type of production under different environment condition.
March 18, 2009
I don't know if you will be able to help.

I am looking for a company that will mix my own custom Mineral vitamin formula mixes for birds.

Do you have any recommendations?

Thanks for any information.


Saadat Changezi Saadat Changezi
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
April 19, 2009
The role of vitamins and minerals dicussed in this article is quite brief, yet providing a complete understanding of these trace elements used in the feeding of poultry. However there was need for the pictures of birds showing the symptoms of defficiencies.
Over all this is a good informative article.

Dr. Saadat Ali Changezi
Muzzamal ijaz Muzzamal ijaz
Msc.(Hons.) Animal Nutrition
April 21, 2009
this paper revised our basic knowledge; please you must also include the interactions of vitamins, as well as with minerals too.
Mark Male Mark Male
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
April 21, 2009
I appreciate the brief presentation on the role of vitamins and minerals in poultry rations; however much more details are pending. Poultry will feed to meet their physiological demand so the ammounts of these nutrients, production stage of the birds, type of birds broilers or layers needed to be mentioned. For the free range, the natural sources of these nutrients that can easily be availed to the birds needed to be heightened. Excess consumption of some may lead to poisoning with symptoms manifesting as a deficiency, so a clear limit should be addressed.
Thank you.
Muhammad Mubashir Aslam Muhammad Mubashir Aslam
Marketing Manager
May 8, 2009
This is the basic information regarding the vitamins and minerals. We would be grateful for the information about the actual dose of vitamins and minerals for birds to recover these deficiencies.
May 8, 2009
Good reference for the new enterer. Requirement for Commercial layer, Broiler, breeders at different stage vary. It will be nice if details are provided.
Alabi Kehinde Alabi Kehinde
Animal Nutritionist
May 9, 2009
The role of vitamins cannot be over emphasis in poultry feed.

May 10, 2009
It's really good stuff on vitamins and minerals in consolidated form. Thanks a lot to the author. And requesting him to attach me with a GMP company in Asia, preferably Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan or S. Korea who can manufacture me some customized vitamin and vitamin combination products in liquid form for marketing and distribution in Bangladesh market.
Adrikws C Leslie Adrikws C Leslie
August 24, 2012
Vitamins and minerals make people's bodies work properly. Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help cells and organs do their jobs.
Ahmad Maryuki Ahmad Maryuki
Poultry farmer
October 20, 2012

How much vitamin and mineral must give for chicken? Thanks

Alfredo J. Escribano Alfredo J. Escribano
PhD in Animal Production
April 16, 2015

Dear Ahmad,

You can check he values that the different feeding systems recommend, such as the NRC (the American one).
Here you have:[1].pdf


December 3, 2017
Well emphasized.Vitamins and minerals go hand in hand in ensuring the health of our animals.
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