Broilers are meat productive birds of poultry breeds. They are like other common poultry birds, they have been scientifically engineered to produce more meat in a short period of time.
Basically, broilers are a gallinaceous domesticated fowl, bred and raised specifically for meat production. They are a hybrid of the egg-laying chicken, both being a subspecies of the red jungle fowl. Typical broilers have white feathers and yellowish skin.
It is essential to provide comfortable and growth specific housing or shed areas for birds. Site selection is a major factor to be considered. A broiler farm should have sufficient land area, good water supply, and electricity, market access to procure any farm inputs and selling of farm produces. Housing should have good ventilation and wind flow.
How to Select Good Broiler Breed
Day-old chicks with good quality should be selected. During brooding, place chick guard for first week around them. Most importantly, adjust the hovers temperature to 95degrees Fahrenheit at the first week and reduce by 5degrees Fahrenheit every week until 70degrees Fahrenheit.
Feed Your Birds Well
Feeds play a vital role in poultry farming and is the major cost of poultry production which affects the production output of the birds. Improper feeding causes several deficiency diseases which result in poor production performance.
Also, make sure the feed have all the required nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, protein, minerals and vitamins) in the right proportion for better growth of the birds. In addition to the regular nutrients, some additives are required to facilitate digestion and growth is usually added in common commercial feeds.
Types of Poultry Feed
Age of chicks Feed type
Estimated feed consumption of broiler farming
Chicks age in days Feed weight in body Weight gain/day grams
1st day 20gm/bird/day 45-55gms
2nd day 22gm/bird/day 55-95gms
3rd day 24gm/bird/day 95-135gms
4th day 26gm/bird/day 135-175gms
5th day 28gm/bird/day 175-215gms
6h day 30gm/bird/day 215-255gms
7th day 32gm/bird/day 255-295gms
8th day 34gm/bird/day 295-335gms
9th day 36gm/bird/day 335-385gms
10th day 38gm/bird/day 385-425gms
11th day 40gm/bird/day 425-465gms
12th day 42gm/bird/day 465-505gms
13th day 44gm/bird/day 505-545gms
14th day 46gm/bird/day 545-585gms
15th day 48gm/bird/day 585-625gms
16th day 50gm/bird/day 625-665gms
17th day 52gm/bird/day 665-705gms
18th day 54gm/bird/day 705-745gms
19th day 56gm/bird/day 745-785gms
20th day 58gm/bird/day 785-825gms
21st day 60gm/bird/day 825-865gms
22nd day 62gm/bird/day 865-905gms
23rd day 64gm/bird/day 905-945gms
24th day 66gm/bird/day 945-985gms
25th day 68gm/bird/day 985-1,025gms
26th day 70gm/bird/day 1,025-1,045gms
Marketing: Broilers are best sold during festive periods.