Nutritional Requirements of Broilers

Nutrition is an important part of poultry farming because the performances of chickens and other poultry birds depend majorly on their nutrition. One mistake some broiler farmers make is giving less focus to what their broilers consume.

Each class of birds has its own specific nutritional requirements, and these requirements are always considered when formulating feed for chickens. Anything lower or higher would affect the performance of the chickens.

Thus, it is important to know the nutritional requirements of broilers. When you have an idea of what your chickens need, feed analysis and formulation would be carried out efficiently.

The nutrient requirements for broilers at all production stages are presented in the tables below.

Nutritional Requirements of Broiler Chicks (Starter)

Metabolizable Energy (ME)3000 kcal/kg
Crude Protein (CP)21-22%
Crude Fat5% (max)
Crude Fibre (CF)5% (max)
Calcium0.85% (min)
Phosphorus, available0.45% (min)
Lysine1.10% (min)
Methionine0.37% (min)
Methionine + Cystine0.88% (min)
Threonine0.77% (min)
Tryptophan0.18% (min)

Nutritional Requirements of Broilers (Grower)

Metabolizable Energy (ME)3050 kcal/kg
Crude Protein (CP)19-20%
Crude Fat5% (max)
Crude Fibre (CF)8% (max)
Calcium0.80% (min)
Phosphorus, available0.45% (min)
Lysine1.05% (min)
Methionine0.33% (min)
Methionine + Cystine0.80% (min)
Threonine0.69% (min)
Tryptophan0.17% (min)

Nutritional Requirements of Broiler (Finisher)

Metabolizable Energy (ME)3100-3200 kcal/kg
Crude Protein (CP)18-19%
Crude Fat6% (max)
Crude Fibre (CF)8% (max)
Calcium0.80% (min)
Phosphorus, available0.45% (min)
Lysine0.95% (min)
Methionine0.30% (min)
Methionine + Cystine0.74% (min)
Threonine0.65% (min)
Tryptophan0.17% (min)

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11 thoughts on “Nutritional Requirements of Broilers”

  1. I want to pay for the nutritional special formula for broiler starter and finisher, but how will i be sure i will get the formula if payment have been made.

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  2. Good afternoon please am writing my seminar which the topic is nutritional requirements of broiler chicken and please I need material for it with pdf thank you

  3. i m using a feed which i formulated on my own.i dont have to adiminister starter grower and finisher but its a combination of is a three in one .my birds are growing [2.4 kg]in five weeks time and ready for the market.any comment please


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