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Trace minerals are the chemical elements required for poultry other than the four elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen present in common organic molecules. The term “mineral” is archaic, since the intent of the definition is to describe chemical elements, not chemical compounds or actual minerals. Examples include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, and iodine.

Nutritionist may recommend that dietary elements are best supplied by ingesting specific feed rich with the chemical element(s) of interest. The elements may be naturally present in the feed (e.g., calcium ,Phosphorus and other molecules in Maize and Soya) or added to the feed. Feed supplements can be formulated to contain several different chemical elements (as compounds), a combination of vitamins and/or other chemical compounds, The dietary focus on chemical elements derives from an interest in supporting the biochemical reactions of metabolism with the required elemental components. Appropriate intake levels of certain chemical elements have been demonstrated to be required to maintain optimal health,Better Livablity,Production.

Essential chemical elements

Some sources state that sixteen chemical elements are required to support Poultry biochemical processes by serving structural and functional roles as well as electrolytes: Sometimes a distinction is drawn between this category and micronutrients. Most of the dietary elements are of relatively low atomic weight.