Broilers are fast-growing chickens that are specifically raised for meat production. Consequently of genetic enhancement, broiler chickens are fed more to reach the target weight or size between 6 to 8 weeks of age. Thus, it is paramount you monitor the growth process of your broiler chickens to ensure feed is properly converted to meet the target size.
So, how can you monitor the growth and weight of your broiler chickens?
The growth progress of your broiler can be monitored using a chart known as a Broiler feeding chart or a broiler feed consumption table. This broiler feeding chart shows you the broiler feed intake per day, and the cumulative feed consumed with the corresponding average body weight per bird (in kg).
By the end of this post, with the broiler feeding chart, you should be able to answer the questions below:
|Feed consumed per Bird (KG)||Cumulative Feed Consumed (Kg)||Average Body Weight per Bird (Kg)||Average Body Weight Gain per Bird (Kg)|
|Week 7||1.593||6.379||3. 506||0.649|
From the broiler feeding chart, you could deduce that:
the standard time to harvest the broiler is from 6 weeks to 8 weeks, thus, the quantity of feed required to reach maturity will be the average cumulative feed at week 6, 7 and 8
Therefore, 4.786+6.378+8.070/3 = N4.8086
Therefore, the quantity of feed a broiler required to reis N4, 8086
The quantity of feed a broiler will eat per day will depend on the age and size of the broiler. For example, from the chart above, at week 6, a bird will consume 1.434kg a week then 1.434/7 = 0.204kg per day. In the same way, at week 8, a bird will consume 1.691/7= 0.241kg.
Thus, at weeks 6 and 8, a bird will consume 0.204kg and 0.241kg per day respectively.
From the chart above, at week 8, 1 broiler will consume a cumulative feed of 8.070kg
Therefore, 100 broilers will consume 100 x 8.070/1 = 807.0kg
25kg= 1 bag
807.0kg = 32.28 bags.
Therefore, 100 broilers will consume 32.28 bags at week 8
A broiler will eat a starter from 0-10 or at maximum, 0 to 14 days to achieve the seven-day bodyweight. So, a broiler can eat starter feed for a week and three days or two weeks maximum.
Broiler Grower feed will normally be fed for 14 to 16 days. The transition from starter feed to grower feed will involve a change of texture from crumbs to pellet.
There is a continuing need for a good quality grower feed to maximize performance.
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