There is a young and ambitious poultry farmer who has set his sights on producing the healthiest and heaviest broilers in the market. Despite his dedication and hard work, he is struggling to achieve his desired live weight for his broilers. He knows that achieving the right weight is critical to his broiler farming business success, but he’s not sure where to start. That’s why he has decided to conduct extensive research and find the best strategies to increase broiler weight. In this article, we’ll explore how to increase the weight of broilers in a healthy, sustainable, and cost-effective way.
Weight gain is a very important part of broiler production. The main factors for the weight gain of broilers are genetic potential, feed and water intake, and management. Broilers raised in 42 days could weigh up to 2.5 kg. Some broilers, like the Ross strain, could weigh up to 3.5 kg in 6 weeks. Are there ways to increase or boost the weight of broilers faster? Below are seven (7) tips to increase the body weight and growth of broiler chickens.
1. Procure high-quality broiler chicks from reputable sources
No matter what you do or give broilers from a poorly performing parent stock or hatchery, they may never do well in terms of feed conversion. A broiler’s feed conversion and growth performance have a lot to do with its genes and gene quality. This is the reason why it is necessary to buy broiler chicks from a reputable hatchery with excellent track records.
You can ask other poultry farmers around you to recommend the best hatchery or chick vendors based on their personal experiences.
2. Give them high-quality feed and clean water
Broilers require feed that is formulated specifically to meet their nutritional needs. We have broiler starter, broiler grower and broiler finisher diets. Feed conversion and growth performance have a lot to do with a broiler’s diet. The feed and water they are given will greatly affect their growth rate, feed conversion, and healthiness.
A well-formulated and balanced diet is important for optimal broiler growth. The diet should be designed to meet the specific requirements of the bird based on its age, breed, and weight. Furthermore, the diet should be nutritionally complete and provide all the essential nutrients required for growth.
Since broilers are very sensitive to poor-quality water and poor feed, you must provide them with the best water and feed you can get. If you feed them with self-formulated and milled diets, ensure that they meet their nutritional requirements for that period.
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3. Sort the broilers according to body size or weight
You need to sort the broilers that have similar body sizes or weights and keep them together in the same growing pen. This will eliminate the factor of inequality as the bigger or weightier broilers tend to cheat and bully the smaller ones. With the bigger birds separated from the smaller birds, the smaller broilers will be able to eat and drink more without being intimidated; thereby increasing their feed intake and feed conversion to meat.
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4. Avoid starving the birds
To have high production rates, ensure that your broilers are not starving. It is important that you give them a constant supply of food and water. It is important to feed them as often as necessary or desired.
Broiler chickens require a high-calorie diet to grow as fast as possible. Starvation will result in stunted growth and poor health. Keep a regular check on the feeders and drinkers to ensure that there is enough feed and water for the birds.
5. Use growth boosters, enhancers or promoters
You must have heard a lot about growth boosters – they are nutritional supplements that are added to the feed or water to improve the growth rate of the broilers. They can improve the feed conversion in your flock and give you better results.
Growth boosters are formulated to give broilers the best chance of reaching their potential and growing as much as possible. You should use a growth booster that is designed for broilers in order to get your broilers to grow as fast as possible.
Growth boosters are designed to help chickens grow up to 2.4 times faster than normal. That is close to double the speed at which they would grow without the growth booster. The growth boosters will also help them to convert the feed into flesh/meat better.
There are many growth boosters and additives on the market that can help your broilers improve their growth rate and weight gain. There are organic broiler growth boosters and synthetic growth boosters on the market. Many of them are listed on Amazon.
6. Proper bird management
Good bird management is essential for achieving optimal broiler growth. Some of the critical management practices include providing the correct diet, maintaining proper litter conditions, controlling temperatures, and providing good ventilation. Furthermore, good bird management practices will help to reduce stress levels, which can also impact growth.
7. Adequate housing and litter conditions
Adequate housing and litter conditions are essential for achieving optimal broiler growth. The housing should be of good quality and provide sufficient space; it should also be located in a safe area with good ventilation. In addition, the litter should be clean and dry, and free from ammonia and other toxic gases.
So, to increase the weight of broilers quickly or fast, do the following
- Procure quality broiler chicks from reputable sources
- Give them high-quality feed and clean water
- Sort the broilers according to body size or weight
- Avoid starving the broiler chickens
- Use growth boosters or promoters
- Proper bird management
- Adequate housing and litter conditions
If you want to increase the live weight of your broilers quickly, these seven tips will help you achieve this goal and maximize your profits.
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129 thoughts on “How to Increase the Body Weight of Broiler Chickens”
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
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.
Is it true that when broilers increase in weight if given feed high in fat?
No! It is not good and never advised to do something of such. It makes no difference. Besides, your broilers may not even consume the feed.
Thank you Fred 🙂
Comment:hi, is it ok to add things like BKT chaffs, maze, and soya bean to the chicken feed??
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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
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.
how does Aaron broilers weight 1.5 in 40days so quick please tell me what to give my chicks
Please apply the tips discussed in this article.
I am from india.i have one doubt.last two batches one farm affected ibd,ndl& ib totally 12000 birds died 4000 birds around.but vaccinations are crtly done.now what can I do ?
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.
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
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.
HI ID LIKE TO KNOW WHAT SHOULD MY BROILERS BEING WEIGHING AT 4WEEKS OF AGE THANKS
They should be weighing an average of 1.2 kg.
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
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.
Sir am having 5 week birds now and all there body use to wets all day and night and am feeding them very well with enough of water
Hi. Are you using an automatic drinking system?
Hi sir… my bird is 3month 2 week old… all the feathers are falling can i know the reason plz
This is a sign of maturity and most importantly, it shows the birds want to grow new feathers. It’s a natural process.
I forgot to mention that it is called molting. Read more about this process here http://www.livestocking.net/the-importance-of-molting-in-chickens
Thanks for your write up. I found it interesting.
I’m glad you found the post interesting.
What’s the right weigh for 8 weeks birds
The answer to this question is commonly subjective. But all things equal, the weight should be around 3 kg.
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.
What formula is it that can make my birds gain weight, my birds are 3mnth 3wks yet they don’t weigh rea
Get this http://www.livestocking.net/excellent-broiler-feed-formula-faster-growth
What medicine can I give to my chickens they are coughing en don’t have appetite pliz help
That sounds like your chickens are suffering from CRD. Give them Tylodox (Tyloxin) or any broad-spectrum antibiotics
My chick is also suffering from crd I hope it doesn’t kill sir
You can administer KENFLOX 20% (Oral) to the flock
Pls like how many broiler should be comfortable in a 6/12 room in other to make the have enough space to gain weight an grow faster
Comment:hie sir can you help with the formulars to make broiler feeds
The special broiler feed formula is still for sale. Check http://www.livestocking.net/excellent-broiler-feed-formula-faster-growth
Good morning sir, I need help,my boiler is 8week and it looks like 5weeks birds, they are also not gaining weight, there stool is somehow red and there is Carter in it
Looks like your chickens are not feeding well. Can you send a photo of the stool?
My birds avoid drinking due to the medication I put in their drinker, what do I do?
Serve them water bit by bit. Another thing you can do is to serve water after giving feed.
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?
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.
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.
Ok. I’ll do that.
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
Wow! 1.8kg in 4 weeks is superb. However, they can’t be 3.7kg in 6 weeks.
What did you do to achieve that??
what will happen to my broiler chicken if I continue to feed them with starter feed for 8 weeks ?
They will still grow, buy at a slower pace.
what will happen to the growth of my broiler chicken if I increase the crude protein contents up to 30% CP.
Gout, kidney problems and waste of money.
plz sir am interested in feed formula but want to be sure can I have your number plz sent it to my number 09064029015
Pls sir. I need d broiler feed formula how do I get it and I also want to be sure
You can buy it using this link http://www.livestocking.net/product/excellent-starter-and-finisher-formula-for-great-broiler-weight-ebook
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
Bros, thanks for your advice, I need to ask is it good to feed broilers with starter before moving to finisher.
Yes, it’s very good and important to start with broiler starter before moving to broiler finisher.
I want start broiler chickens what name of feed must i buy to makes it to heavy weight
I would advise you talk to poultry farmers around you.
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!
Nice article, pls i will like to get the feeding formular, but need ur contact. you can reach me on this 0703*******. Thanks
Done and thanks for the comment.
Please my broilers just stopped growing. What do I do please? At 8 weeks they look retarded.
Seems they are runts or the feed is not good. What are you feeding them with and where did you buy the chicks?
Pls sir l am insteresed in your formula but pls send Your number for me, l want to classify something from your pls sir
0 9 0 5 0 4 1 5 2 7 4
Hi. Wht shd I feed my broillers to gain weight wthn a month. Thx
Hi. Feed them with adequate quality feed and give them enough space.
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.
Hi, my broilers are 12 weeks old and still feeding them with super starter but they’re no longer gaining weight, what can I do?
Super starter at 12 weeks? They should be eating finisher at this age.
Very enlightening article. Comments helpful as well.
Thank you Manny
Please text me your number I want to clarify some issues
I’ve sent you an email
Please text me your number I want to clarify some issues
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…
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?
Administer broad-spectrum antibiotic
Please it is good to start feeding day old birds with finishers feed
No. It’s wrong to do so.
Hi, what’s the best breed of broilers?
Best breed of broiler is subjective, but I will recommend Cornish.
This article is very educative.
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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
I’m interested I would like to have your formula. Please let me know how I can send money. I’m in Malawi
You can use Western Union Money Transfer if you have in Malawi.
Please sir did you sell 4 weeks broilers
Hello sir, this is wonderful but do you organize seminar for the fresher??
please i need regular buyer in Edo and Delta state i dress mature broiler chicken and i sell to resale buyer at a marketable per Kg price 08068713421, 07034360466
Please sir, is 10 feet by 10 feet room OK for 50 birds
Yes, it is ok
How can someone in uganda be able to get that formular…..my number is 0774110208
Nice article, i learnt alot from it. Keep up with the good work.
Thank you Florence
Hello sir my birds is unable to walk due to weight is there any solution for that to make their bone stronger?
Please sir, are they diseases that is sex-linked? And diseases that are peculiar with a breed/strain of bird?. Thanks.
Thanks for the tips. I will definitely put them to use.
Great! Let me know if they worked for you.
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
thanks for the golden job. I want to buy your formular for my broilers, but my issue is where to get the ingredient expecially the chemicals. I am based in North Eastern Nigeria
Thanks for great information. It has been very helpful.
Nice article sir. My birds are 4 weeks am confused whether to continue feeding them with starter feed or proceed to finisher feed.
Interested in this fomula. In Zimbabwe. How best can you help me.
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
Continue to feed them with high quality feed
How many times can you feed your Chickens in a day?
Twice is okay
Hello. Pls my broilers are not eating much any more, what can I give them to make them eat well
Find out what is wrong with them. It could be high heat, disease or bad feed.
What is the measurement of the feed that is required for a bird per day to grow well
You can check this https://www.livestocking.net/standard-broiler-feed-chart-growth-weight
God bless you abundantly. I learnt alot from you. You’re a great entity.
Please between black cockerel and noiler which one grows faster if fed well
It is noiler
Impressed, your articles are well educative, God bless you.
What type of feed can i give my two weeks broilers
I really enoyed this write up and would appreciate if i can be getting updates,i deal in briler and layers birds.Thanks
How can someone in uganda be able to get that formular…..