This post was last updated on 16 February, 2019
Consumers want to buy broiler chickens with big weights, and some are ready to go with the price you are willing to sell them when they are impressed with the broilers’ weight. This is why poultry farmers are always looking for ways to increase the body weight of their broiler chickens.
As a poultry farmer, I’m sure you’re having a number of broiler chickens you are raising to sell during festive periods such as Christmas, Easter, Sallah etc. However, you’re worried about something. Some or all your broilers are not growing as expected and they have not attained the expected market weight. I understand your worries and how you are feeling right now. It is not easy raising broilers for over 2 months (as the case may be) but all looks as if nothing has been done. It kills one’s morale and set fear in one’s mind.
The truth is that, if your broilers do not grow bigger or have good body weights, then don’t expect much profit or have it at the back of your mind that you run at a loss. Nevertheless, you can still do something to increase your broilers’ live body weight or make your broiler chicken grow bigger. This post would explain how to make broilers add more weight without incurring additional cost. Here are five (5) ways to increase broiler weight:
1. Sort broilers according to their sizes and weights
The first thing you need to do is that you should sort your broilers that have similar body size or weight together, and keep them in the same growing pen. This will eliminate the factor of inequality. In addition, they will be able to feed well without being intimidated or cheated by the bigger or weightier broilers. You can increase the quantity of finisher feeds given to the group with lower weights. When you do this, you will surely see a difference.
Also Read: How To Successfully Raise Broiler Chickens
2. Formulate and give them an excellent broiler feed
Another way to make your broilers grow bigger or have a higher weight is by producing and feeding them with an excellent feed. I have decided to share my special broiler diet formula which includes both starter and finisher diet. Click here for details.
3. Use broiler growth promoter or enhancer
I don’t usually support farmers using growth enhancers for their animals. They could be harmful to your animals in one way or the other. However, if you must use it, try and research on them and consult your veterinarian. If you must use any broiler growth enhancer, try as much as possible to use plant-based broiler growth promoter or enhancer.
4. Avoid starving your broiler chickens
I have visited the farms of friends and family, and even that of clients. Some of them starve their chickens in the name of no money to raise them again. In the first place, why should you commit yourself into what you won’t finish? So don’t expect any miracle if you are not giving your broilers the required quantity of feed they need to feed on. If you feed your chickens well, they will grow bigger and attract more market prices. Though, there are cases where broilers don’t grow well, irrespective of the quality and quantity of feed given to them. The major reason for this is related to the broilers’ genetic foundation. So ensure you purchase a good broiler breed from a reputable farm or hatchery if you want to raise broilers for commercial purpose.
5. Procure quality broiler chicks from reputable sources
No matter what you do or give broilers that came from a poorly performing parent stock or hatchery, they may never do well in terms of adding more weight or grow bigger. Genes have a lot to do with animals’ growth and performing. This is the reason why you must procure your broiler chicks from a reputable hatchery with excellent records. You can ask other poultry farmers around you about the hatchery or vendors they procure chicks from.
Also Read: FAQs on Broilers and Broiler Farming
If you are serious about increasing your broilers weight, then using the tips discussed would do a lot with regards to boosting the weight of broilers and increase the profit per broiler chicken.