Sustaining laying performance in aged layers
The number of eggs a hen produces over her lifetime is important and as a flock, the timing of peak production, layer lifecycle and percentage should be optimal. However, eggs must be of good quality and produced efficiently. Egg quality deteriorates as hens get older. So, to make longer laying cycles viable, nutrition must support both eggshell strength and albumen quality. Similarly, after birds reach peak lay, performance will gradually decline. However, the speed and magnitude of this decline can be controlled using both nutritional solutions and management techniques.