What is broiler?

Broiler refers to chickens which are raised for meat at about 6-8 weeks of age.

A broiler is any chicken that is bred and raised specifically for meat production. Most commercial broilers reach slaughter weight between four and seven weeks of age, although slower growing breeds reach slaughter weight at approximately 14 weeks of age. Typical broilers have white feathers and yellowish skin. Wikipedia
Skin colorYellow

FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCCESS IN BROILER PRODUCTION

  • Excellent BREED
  • Good NUTRITION
  • Good MANAGEMENT
  • Bio – SECURITY

Excellent Breed

The genetic make-up of the BIRD

DETERMINES

  • Growth rate
  • Percentage of flesh
  • Immunity level
  • Feed conversion ratio
  • Livability
  • Expected weight at a certain age

Therefore:

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Qualities of Good Day Old Chick

  1. Have fast growth potential
  2. Have bright and clear eyes
  3. Be free from disease
  4. Be dry and clean
  5. Be alert and active
  6. Be free from deformities (toes, beak, etc)
  7. Have healed and closed navel
  8. Have normal skin colour

9.Stand firmly and walk well

NOTE:

GENETIC MAKEUP , FEED and ENVIRONMENT determines GROWTH RATE

Stages in Broiler Growth

Definition:

Feed is The mixture of agricultural raw materials at certain percentage to meet the nutritional requirement of different classes of animals

NB!!  The Quality of your Feed determines the Success of your Production

The nutritional requirement  is specific for each phase (The Quality of your Feed and not COLOUR determines the Success of your Production )

  1. STARTER

Chicks that don’t start well are more susceptible to disease challenges, compromised weight gain and environmental stressors.

NB!!The Quality of your Feed determines the Success of your Production

     2. FINISHER

  • High energy level
  • Lower protein levels

…TODAY…

Feed costs represent approximately 75% of the total cost of Producing meat and eggs.

NUTRITION:

This is the process of eating the right kind of food so you can grow properly and be healthy

Good feed supplies the essential nutrients in the right balance.

SIX MAJOR NUTRIENT  CHICKENS NEED

  1. CARBOHYDRATE

Broilers require energy For:

*Tissue growth

*Maintenance

*Activity

    2. PROTEIN

Protein are used in:

1.Construction of body tissue

2.Repair of body tissues (e.g. muscles, nerves, skin, and feathers)

     3. LIPID

  1. VITAMINS
  2. MINERALS
  3. WATER