Farmers' Helper Original ForageCake™ for Chickens
We bring free range into the coop with Farmers' Helper ForageCakes™!
Foraging is a natural behavior for birds, and ForageCakes™ offer a supplemental diet that allows flocks to do what they do naturally... Forage. Quality ingredients like salmon meal, dried fruits, seeds, grains and specially formulated UltraKibble™ are pressed into each cake. Helps make droppings less moist and hence easier to remove.
Decades of research by our team of experts in the fields of animal behavior, animal nutrition, and animal husbandry have been harnessed by partnering with state-of-the art feed manufacturers resulting in the creation of our premium Farmers’ Helper ForageCakes.
ForageCakes are a nutritional supplement specifically formulated to provide nutritional supplementation, maintenance reduction, behavioral stimulation, optimum nutrition and sustainability. ForageCakes are also specifically intended to yield more solid and manageable droppings.
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2.5 lb. Farmers' Helper Original ForageCake™ Supplement
13 oz. Farmers' Helper Original ForageCake™ Supplement
|UPC CODE: 0-18222-00303-7||UPC CODE: 0-18222-00305-1|
|CASE I2 of 5: 00018222013036||CASE I2 of 5: 00018222013050|
|CASE WEIGHT: 16.38 lb.||CASE WEIGHT: 7.25 lb.|
|CASE PACK: 6||CASE PACK: 8|
|CASE CUBE: 0.61||CASE CUBE: 0.27|
INGREDIENTS:White Millet, Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Oat Groats, Sorghum, Gelatin, Sunflower Oil, Dehydrated Cranberries, Black Sunflower, Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate, Rice Bran, Corn Syrup, Cane Molasses, Dicalcium Phosphate, Fish Meal, Dehydrated Beet Pulp, Dehydrated Celery Pulp, Dehydrated Watercress Pulp, Dehydrated Spinach Pulp, Dehydrated Carrot Pulp, Dehydrated Lettuce Pulp, Propionic Acid (Preservative), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Benzoic Acid (Preservative), Acetic Acid (Preservative), Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylparaben (Preservative), Methylparaben (Preservative), Salmon Meal, Cinnamon, Diatomaceous Earth, Choline Chloride, Turmeric, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Roughage Products, Mineral Oil, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Silicon Dioxide, Citric Acid, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Rosemary Extract, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite.
Allergen Statement: This product may contain one or all of the following allergens: Peanuts, Milk, Tree Nuts, and Shellfish.
INSTRUCTIONS: Feed ForageCakes in conjunction with daily maintenance ration. Place in secure “no-tip” feed-tray off the ground. Please visit Frequently Asked Questions about our products for more information on how to use our ForageCakes.
Please visit our Glossary for further explanation of many of the terms discussed below. We are still working to link terms used below to corresponding entries in the Glossary.
How do ForageCakes work?
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1. Nutritional Supplementation
A ForageCake is a solid feed block composed of nut pieces, dried fruits, seeds, and grains: a stimulating mixture of nutritious items birds find very attractive and tasty. While chickens enjoy treats of all kinds, they are neither herbivores nor granivores. Chickens’ wild ancestors are omnivores, with a large part of their diet composed of invertebrates and small animals. In other words, what chickens need in order to survive and thrive is high-quality animal protein.
In addition to nuts, fruits, seeds, and grains, ForageCakes contain vital portions of our custom-crafted UltraKibble. UltraKibble provides animal protein in the form of farmed catfish meal. UltraKibble also contains spices with antioxidant and antibacterial properties (turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne), as well as elevated levels of dietary fiber, trace minerals in the form of crustacean shell meal, and dried vegetables including watercress, celery, beets, and spinach, which provide carotenoids and other phytonutrients. Furthermore, UltraKibble’s extrusion process itself gelatinizes starches to increase digestibility.
2. Maintenance Reduction
The removal and management of manure is perhaps the biggest task to occupy the time of animal stewards and hobbyists alike.
ForageCakes provide probiotics and naturally sourced vitamin E to support digestive tract health, which promote more solid droppings: greatly reducing manure removal efforts. ForageCakes also contain diatomaceous earth and other minerals to assist in a better husbandry experience. Disease prevention also plays a large role in reducing the maintenance efforts of animal managers (see item #4 below).
3. Behavioral Stimulation
Birds confined in small areas can quickly get bored; possibly leading to aggression and other destructive behaviors like feather pecking and egg eating.
It’s important to provide fowl with appropriate facilities where they can maintain themselves in the most natural manner possible. In other words, for optimal health, give the bird something to do: keep them busy with opportunities to exhibit beneficial behaviors. Given the opportunity, domestic fowl (like many other galliforms) scratch and dig with their strong feet and powerful bills: uncovering and securing favorite food items.
The premium ingredients embedded within our ForageCakes provide stimulating and nutritious targets for birds to peck and uncover over an extended period of time.
Chickens and their wild cousins tend to search for food in special flocks called foraging parties. When the foraging party discovers a potentially rich food source (such as the ground beneath a fruiting tree or a termite nest), all the members of the flock assemble, working together to exploit the larder. The entire foraging party will often stand shoulder to shoulder, diligently digging with their bills.
ForageCakes enable captive birds to work in synchronicity and even cooperation. This facilitates social bonding and prevents aggression. It may take 10 minutes or even half an hour for two birds to release an embedded treasure such as a nut piece or dried cranberry. This leads captive birds to conduct activities that are both stimulating and familiar.
4. Optimum Nutrition
Another top priority of an animal steward is nutritional health: reducing mortality, increasing reproductive fitness and hatch rates, and providing a groundwork for excellent health.
In addition to the strategic benefits of ForageCakes discussed above that aid in disease prevention, the UltraKibble embedded in ForageCakes contains probiotics and naturally sourced vitamin E to support digestive tract health and overall immune function. Generous portions of diatomaceous earth and other minerals in ForageCakes help birds keep their bills in top condition: smoothing off rough, cracked edges. Diatomaceous earth and spice oils are also useful in helping keep parasite levels low.
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For a market producer, there is usually very little profit margin in the sale of eggs or protein. For an average family, times are tough these days. Efforts to produce food by keeping backyard birds must be efficient and cost-effective. Resolve Sustainable Solutions has developed husbandry solutions (including ForageCakes) that can help animal managers save money and time, while supporting the quality, health, and longevity of their stock, when used as suggested.
Animal stewards will see more solid and manageable droppings due to ingredients which support digestive tract health. With elevated levels of dietary fiber and probiotics, our products maximize health and minimize wastage.
Nine different forms of dietary fiber embedded in each ForageCake help to slow the rate of digestion, enabling birds to better utilize nutrients in their daily maintenance ration. In doing so, satiation is aided, which in turn helps to reduce overeating. This leads to savings in feed costs.
Our special formula of quality, sustainability sourced natural ingredients, combined with the activity and time required by birds to seek embedded feed items, results in a fuller crop, supports improved muscle tone and gut health, and targets optimized nutrition. Savings are reflected over time, with birds consuming up to 10% less maintenance ration per day.