So, recently people have been asking questions like how to make broiler grow faster, how to increase broiler weight, how to make a homemade broiler booster, etc, Obviously, the reason for all these questions is because the season of Christmas is approaching, and people want to impress their customers or for personal admiration. However, whatever the reason may be, you deserve to get the best out of your investment. Worry no more, you just got lucky.
So, in this post, I am going to share with you 6 smart ways to increase the body weight of your broiler chicken for optimal profitability.
I pledge to you, if you follow these 6 smart tips diligently, your broiler will attain that desired weight every customer craves for in their farms.
Here, are the 6 smart tips that will teach how to increase broiler weight that will give you colleagues a dropped jaw.
This is the most crucial of all the 6 tips
You may, or may not have heard about the concept ‘ 7-day weight’. So, let us see what Dr. Annsofie Wahlstrom (a Nutritionist Cobb-Europe Ltd) have to say,
To get the full potential out of broiler chickens the target weight at 7 days of age must be reached. As work with the Cobb500 broiler has shown, brooding is a vital period for good overall results. Achieving good 7-day live weight will improve performance parameters such as final live weight and feed conversion as well as maintain low overall mortality.
The most reviling thing about this is that during the first 7 days 80% of the energy is used for growth and only 20% for maintenance, indicating the importance of this period in the chicken's life. The broiler chickens can also add a live weight of 4.25 times at the 7-day, which is according to the management guides is approximately 40g – 180g. That is a whole lot of weight to achieve within a short time.
And from the data gathered, showed that good 7-day weight is positively correlated with high final body weight. That is if you provide the necessary conditions to achieve this 7-day weight, definitely the final body weight will be high as well.
Let me restate the main point here, a whole 80% of energy is used for growth for the first 7 days of life, did that sink into your head? The reverse is the case as broiler chickens age. This is why it is not advisable to keep broilers beyond 7 weeks because at this stage much of the energy is used for maintenance and not growth.
So, what must I do to achieve this 7-day weight? The same simple thing you have been doing, just that you have to do it diligently right, they are;
Naturally, all fingers are not equal. As chicks grow you will begin to notice some differences in size, behavior, and sex. Some will be bigger, while some will look smaller, the male will develop larger comb and look taller than the female..
Here, you have to sort the flock based on their size and weight, this is to achieve uniformity in growth among birds, which customers mostly crave for. Keep the smaller chickens in a separate pen and give them plenty of feed and water.
A bullied chicken will always stay on a perch alone during feeding to avoid being peck on by the bigger ones. It can only manage to feed with fear when the bigger ones are done eating ,So, ensure you are observant of this behavior.
You can also increase the weight and sizes of your broiler chicken by formulating a special feed ration know as fattening ration. This fattening ration is just a supplement containing cracked corn, whole wheat soy, and groundnut cake or soyabeans.
These items will help pack on the weight. This is a common way to increase broiler weight. But don’t overdo this, or else your broiler will have a poor welfare and overweight issues.
Growth booster is not what I fancy, and most of them are mostly synthetic and can be harmful to chickens and humans health. However, if you must use it, make sure you seek the advice of your veterinarian, or rather make use of an organic broiler growth booster. You can as well get a recipe for your homemade broiler booster and prepare it, it is safer if you know what you are giving your broiler chicken.
It amazes me when I visit some poultry farm and find little or no feed on the finders, and when I ask why? He or she will tell me that (s)he is managing the feed, that no amount of feed will be enough for them-that is pure starving to the broiler. My dear, broilers are bred to feed and grow very fast, that is what they are made for, to produce heavy meat within a short time,
this gave rise to the term feed ad-libitum.
The word ad-libitum simply means giving broilers feed round the clock and allowing them to eat as much as they can. You can only achieve this if you have constant dim light at night for your chickens for them to get an appreciable weight within a short time.
Sourcing your broiler chicks from a reputable comes with a lot of advantages. Chicks from a reputable hatchery will do well when every other condition is kept, and they are free from vertical diseases. But when the chicks are from a poor hatchery, there will be a lot of problems that are beyond your control.
For example, If the stock parents do not possess the necessary traits for fast growth /height, definitely you don’t expect your chicks to grow fast and tall, no matter how much feed you give to them. Some dishonest hatchery might even mix your broilers with a cockerel, you can only find out after some weeks.
So, you must do your background research before sourcing for your broiler day-old chicks. Ask other poultry farmers or vendors where they source their broiler chicks- It is always helpful by asking.
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