All broiler farmers want their broiler chickens to be big while they earn optimal profits from the birds. To achieve this, it is important to know the right or expected quantity of feed to give broiler chickens which usually comes as a broiler feed consumption chart. This is required to avoid wastage or overfeeding as well as allow the farmers to plan how to buy or produce feeds for the chickens.
With the broiler feed chart below, you will be able to answer the following questions related to feeding broilers. These questions include:
- What quantity of feed does broiler require before they reach market weight?
- What is the total quantity feed required to feed broilers to maturity?
- What is the total quantity of feed consumed by a broiler per week?
- What is the growth rate of broilers?
- What is the average weight of a broiler at each week?
Also Read: Layers Feed Intake and Weight/Growth Chart
Expected Broiler Weight Per Week & Feed Consumption Table
Broiler Weekly Feed Intake Chart and Weight / Growth Chart
|Age (Week)||Feed Consumed Per Bird (kg)||Cumulative Feed Consumed (kg)||Average Body Weight Per Bird (kg)||Average Body Weight Gain Per Bird (kg)|
From the above chart, it could be deduced that:
- A broiler will consume approximately 1.55 kg feed (broiler starter) from week 1 to week 4
- A broiler will weigh about 1 kg at the end of week 4
- A broiler chicken will eat about 5.81 kg feed (broiler finisher) from week 5 to week 9
- A broiler will have average body weight 3.2kg at the end of week 9
- The above chart did not consider the sex of the broiler chicken.
- The above is just a standard and the figures were results from Nutrient Requirments of Poultry: Ninth Revised Edition (1994). Since they tend to be outdated, it is possible to get better results than what is on the chart.
- You can get get a better body weight (e.g. 3 kg) before the end of the 6th week. Yes, click here to learn more.
Also Read: How to Increase the Body Weight of Broilers
Separate feeding by sexes for broilers
When male and female broilers are being raised separately, there is an opportunity to increase profitability by using different feeding programs for each sex. The most practical method is to use the same feed for both sexes but reducing the feeding period for the growing and finishing stages for the female broilers. It is recommended that the duration of the initiation period be kept the same for both sexes in order to guarantee adequate early development.