How to Increase the Body Weight of Broilers & Cockerels

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 cockerel’s or broilers’ weight. This is why poultry farmers are always looking for ways to increase the body weight of their broiler chickens or cockerels.

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 cockerel or 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 an additional cost. Here are five (5) ways to increase broilers weight:

1. Sort the broilers according to their body size and weight

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 the 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 them and consult your veterinarian. If you must use any broiler growth enhancer, try as much as possible to use an organic broiler growth promoter or booster.

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4. Avoid starving the 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 to 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 purposes.

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: 5 Reasons for Poor Broiler Growth and Solutions

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.


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Akinbobola Akinwemoye

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107 thoughts on “How to Increase the Body Weight of Broilers & Cockerels”

  1. Helo sire…
    I need suggestions on growth promoter/boosters and somthing to make them have weight on my 5 weeks broilers……the are very small compared to the previous ones which I started selling from 5 weeks. Please help,thanku

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    • For promoters and boosters, please consult a veterinarian. However, for increased weight for your birds, give them a balanced finisher and let them have access to sufficient water. You can sort them according to their weight and feed each group separately.

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  2. My broilers have contracted AI and 200 die everyday they r 40 days old today but their avg weight is 1.5 kg, what do u suggest i do , can i shift them in different shed so they gain weight

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    • Avian influenza is highly pathogenic. I will advise that you seek the help of a veterinarian to be sure of the strain that has infected your birds. If it is confirmed that some have not been infected (which I doubt), cull them immediately to avert further disaster. Please, you must consult a qualified veterinarian in this situation. He/she would be in the best position to assist you.

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    • i would kill them all, burn the bodies, clean you coop (walls and ceilings included) with a disinfectant from the vet to get rid of such diseases and start fresh again. AI is not something you want to experience again and it is definitely something you want to sell to ur customers.

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  3. I’m so interested in ur article sir
    I have these questions,pls help me.
    1-what can u do for ur birds to have big/large chests
    2-what can one do naturally to obtain fast growth in size

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    • 1. If you mean broilers, you have to feed them well. Use a good broiler feed formula and your stocking density should not high. Overstocking/overcrowding affects the growth rate of broilers.

      2. Hmmm. Natural way is to procure birds from a reputable hatchery/source and ensure that their genetic background (parent stock) are good. Feed the birds with a balanced ration and don’t overstock. You will surely see your birds growing fast if all these conditions have been met.

      Regards

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  4. Hello sir,
    Thanks for this article, very nice, my birds are 3 weeks now. What size do you think they should weight now. As I intend to sell them when they are 6 weeks and we aim for 2kg. Do you think they should weight at least 1kg now? So I know if I’m on the right track or not. Thanks for your help

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    • They should be having an average weight of 800g (males) and 600g (females). The best way to find out is to use a weighing scale.

      Regards

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  5. Thank you Akinbobola for this formula. I bought and used them for my broilers that I raised for last Easter. Seriously, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The birds were weighting averagely 2.8kg and 3.6kg in 6 weeks and 8 weeks respectively. You’re indeed a God sent. Thank you! Do you have any special formula for layers. Kindly let me know.

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  6. What formula is it that can make my birds gain weight, my birds are 3mnth 3wks yet they don’t weigh rea
    sonablely.help please

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  7. Hello, am having issues with the market women here in Bayelsa State as they only look forward to buying 3 months old birds which I feel is too long a period for broilers. The annoying thing is they come pricing 1500/1800 for a bird kept that long. What solution do you think is best to maximise my profit as am considering adding maize to the feeds bought, besides how long am I to stay on Starter considering am keeping them 3 months?

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    • Don’t add maize, else you will alter the nutritional value of the feed. And regarding the duration of starter, you should give starter for 4 weeks. Give finisher until you slaughter at the 12th week.

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  8. Hi ,Bros,is it possible to get your number , because I will like to purchase the diet formula, but I need to talk on phone to clarify few things please,I’ve been scammed before, hope you understand,this my number in case you want to send me your number and not post it here .09028119557.

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  9. My chicks 4weeks today and weight 1.8 kg is that a good weight for them know and do you think they can get to 3.7 in two more weeks

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  10. And I don’t rilli know why my birdss didn’t grow very well birds of 6wks well feed but are still looking like birds of 4weeks pls wat do I do my number 08039492150

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  11. Please can I add PKC to my broiler feed? And I need a fast growing formula that will give me 2.5 kg in 6weeks. 08034395030 that is my number. Thanks!

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  12. Nice article, pls i will like to get the feeding formular, but need ur contact. you can reach me on this 0703*******. Thanks

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  13. I really took time God reading ur articles. They are helpful. I will get ur material on feed formula but how will I get the products cos here in Owerri am yet to see a mill factory. Can you also help with the materials to produce the feed. Or send packaged ones. Thanks.

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  14. I bought 50 broilers of 4weeks old fed the broilers with the Starter added a sachet of booster added to the bag, multivitamin in their water everyday, coccimed forte in 2times in a week
    In 9 weeks I fed them with grower plus a booster.
    So I proceeded to giving them Finisher. The birds is 3months old today. I had lost 13 out of 50.
    I noticed some are male and they are bigger but d female aren’t big. I don’t know what to feed the female with to gain weight so as not to run on a loss. I’ve separated them, the big ones in a cage nand d small ones in the same cage. Pls help me Sir…

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  15. Found this interesting, my birds are 5weeks old but are passing out green faeces, loosing weight, los appetite, watery faece. Hi do I go about curing them?
    Thanks

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  16. Nice article. Pls I will like to know if a day old chick or point of lay is good for a starter that want to go into egg production using cage. And which breeds will you advise me to go for? This is my number pls. 08021289077

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  18. Please sir, are they diseases that is sex-linked? And diseases that are peculiar with a breed/strain of bird?. Thanks.

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  19. Drugs to be given to birds from week one to week eight? And how to feed them and arrange them according to their Numbers. Thank you

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  20. Nice article sir. My birds are 4 weeks am confused whether to continue feeding them with starter feed or proceed to finisher feed.

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  21. hello my brother, here i have up to 50 birds and at 3 months now but the have weight loss what can i do in other for them to gain weight

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