[PDF] Layers Feeding Guide, Growth & Weight Chart

A layer feeding and weight chart is an essential management tool for poultry producers. The chart allows farmers to track the weight gain and feed intake of their layers so that they can adjust their feeding program as needed. By monitoring these two factors, farmers can ensure that their layers are getting the right amount of food and putting on the correct amount of weight.

Layer feeding guide for your chickens will help them get the right kind of nutrition and lay eggs regularly. Different types of feed are important for different age groups, so it is important to follow a layer feeding guide to keep your hens healthy and laying eggs.

Layer feeding is an important part of rearing egg-laying chickens. A well-fed hen will produce more eggs than a malnourished one. There is a standard feeding schedule or chart that serious egg-laying chicken farmers need to follow for optimal performance and production.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question; each farm must create a feeding schedule that works best for its needs and location. In this post, we will explore the standard layer feeding guide or layer feed consumption chart.

Read: A Beginner’s Guide to Layer Farming

Layer Feeding Program

Layers chicken feeding program is in three phases based on their age. Layers have three diets and they are:

  • Chick Starter diet: 0 to 6 weeks
  • Grower diet: 7 to 18 weeks
  • Layer diet: 19 to end of lay

Layers Feeding Schedule & Weight Chart

As a poultry farmer, it is important that you know if your layer chickens are performing according to the standard. That is, knowing if they are eating and growing as required. This will help you know if they are converting their feed well.

Below is a table showing the standard growth rate and feed intake for layers.

The table below will answer the following questions:

  • What quantity of feed will a pullet consume/eat between day old (DOC) to point of lay (POL)?
  • What quantity/amount of feed should a layer eat per day/week?
  • What volume of water should a layer drink per day/week?
  • What is the growth rate of layers or laying chickens?
  • What is the average weight of a layer each week?
  • When should I change from starter (chick mash) to grower diet, and from grower diet to layer diet?

Also Read: Broiler Feed Intake and Weight/Growth Chart

The table below will answer the following questions:

  • What quantity of feed will a pullet consume/eat between day old (DOC) to point of lay (POL)?
  • What quantity/amount of feed should a layer eat per day/week?
  • What volume of water should a layer drink per day/week?
  • What is the growth rate of layers or laying chickens)?
  • What should be the average weight of a layer each week?
  • When should you change from starter (chick mash) to grower diet, and from grower diet to layer diet?
Age (Week)Average BWAverage FICumulative FIAverage WC
(kg/bird)(g/bird/day)(kg to date)(ml/bird/day)
10.06514.50.101525.5
20.125190.234538
30.19240.402546.5
40.265280.598556.5
50.36350.843565.5
6 (SD ends)0.46391.116571.5
7 (GD starts)0.56421.410578
80.67471.739587
90.78562.131593
100.89542.5095101
110.99602.9295109.5
121.08643.3775117.5
131.165693.8605124.5
141.23724.3645128.5
151.3744.8825133
161.37775.4215138.5
17 (POL)1.44805.9815146.5
181.52856.5765152.5
191.62887.1925161
201.68947.8505169.5
211.72988.5365176.5
221.771029.2505183.5
231.81069.9925188.5
241.8410810.7485191
251.8510911.5115192.5
261.8611012.2815193.5
271.8811013.0515193.5
281.8911013.8215193.5
291.911014.5915193.5
301.911015.3615193.5
311.911116.1385195
321.9111116.9155195
331.9111117.6925195
341.9111118.4695195
351.9111119.2465195
361.9211120.0235195
371.9211120.8005195
381.9211121.5775195
391.9311122.3545195
401.9311123.1315195
411.9311123.9085195
421.9411124.6855195
431.9411125.4625195
441.94110.526.236195
451.9511027.006193.5
461.9511027.776193.5
471.9511028.546193.5
481.9511029.316193.5
491.9511030.086193.5
501.95109.530.8525193.5
511.9510931.6155191.5
521.9510932.3785191.5
531.9510933.1415191.5
541.9510933.9045191.5
551.9610934.6675191.5
561.9610935.4305191.5
571.9610936.1935191.5
581.9610936.9565191.5
591.9610937.7195191.5
601.9610938.4825191.5
611.9610939.2455191.5
621.9610940.0085191.5
631.9610940.7715191.5
641.9610941.5345191.5
651.9610942.2975191.5
661.9610943.0605191.5
671.9610943.8235191.5
681.9610944.5865191.5
691.9610945.3495191.5
701.9710946.1125191.5
711.9710946.8755191.5
721.9710947.6385191.5
731.9710948.4015191.5
741.9710949.1645191.5
751.9710949.9275191.5
761.9710950.6905191.5
771.9710951.4535191.5
781.9710952.2165191.5
791.9710952.9795191.5
801.9710953.7425191.5
811.9710954.5055191.5
821.9710955.2685191.5
831.9710956.0315191.5
841.9710956.7945191.5
851.9710957.5575191.5
861.9710958.3205191.5
871.9710959.0835191.5
881.9710959.8465191.5
891.9710960.6095191.5
901.9810861.3655191.5
911.9810862.1215189.5
921.9810862.8775189.5
931.9810863.6335189.5
941.9810864.3895189.5
951.9810865.1455189.5
961.9810865.9015189.5
971.9810866.6575189.5
981.9810867.4135189.5
991.9810868.1695189.5
1001.9810868.9255189.5
  • Average BW= Average Body Weight
  • Average FI= Average Feed Intake
  • Cumulative FI= Cumulative Feed Intake
  • Average WC= Average Water Consumption
  • SD= Starter Diet
  • GD= Grower Diet
  • POL= Point of Lay

Also Read: Nutritional Requirements of Chicks, Pullets & Layers

Layer Feed Consumption and Weight Chart [Jpeg]

Layer Chicken Feeding Guide PDF

Managing the feed requirements and nutritional needs of layer chickens is crucial for optimizing flock performance. Find below the link to download the layer feeding guide and management guide (PDF) for layer chickens.

FAQs about Layer Chicken Feeding Guide

1. How much feed does a layer chicken eat per day?

A layer chicken needs to eat or consume 110 grams or 0.110 kg of feed.

2. How much feed per layer chicken in her lifetime?

A layer chicken can last up to 2 years and would have consumed nearly 69kg of feed from day old until 2 years old of age.

3. How to calculate feed intake in poultry?

You can easily calculate feed intake by dividing the quantity to feed consumed by the number of chickens served.

4. How to feed layers from day old?

From day old to 6 weeks of age, give chick starter feed. From 7 weeks until egg production reaches 10%, give grower feed. You can give layer feed from the period when egg production is 10%.

5. What is the standard feeder space for bird with 0-18 days old?

The standard feeder space is 2 inches or 5 cm per chick.

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5 thoughts on “[PDF] Layers Feeding Guide, Growth & Weight Chart”

  1. I am currently conducting a research report, involving the FCR of poultry. I noticed that the final weight of these laying hens was a bit lower than average, and the FCR more efficient than anticipated. Understanding this, I must ask; what breed of hens are these?

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