Nutrient Deficiencies in Chickens (CTE)


Students will examine the correlation between soil and plant nutrient levels with health problems in livestock.


This is the 1st of 4 lessons in a project on Soil Management.

Using their knowledge of solutions and concentration, students will identify soil nutrient deficiencies in a geographic area. They will relate the nutrient deficiencies with livestock diseases. For example, if an area has a deficiency in manganese, students will identify problems such as perosis in chickens. An optional extension to this assignment could include testing other nutrient deficiencies, such as copper toxicity, and reporting these findings in a group oral presentation using the case study as an example.

Materials needed: Soil Test Kit and Soil Sample

Lesson Times

2-3 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Agriculture & Natural Resources
    • Animal Science
    • Plant and Soil Science
K-12 Subjects
  • Science
    • Chemistry

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Determine if chickens will develop a nutrient deficiency by only grazing of forage grown on soil sample.
  • Classify nutrients into macro nutrients or micro nutrients depending on the amount required.

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