Broiler production is one of the most lucrative poultry businesses. If you are a farmer who thinks big and wants to grow your business in a short period consider broiler production. There is more profit in rearing large numbers of broiler birds and you will achieve larger savings due to short production cycles. The production cycle for broilers is 28 – 35 days depending on your business model. There are key factors that one has to consider in order to optimize broiler meat production.
An ideal poultry house should have an East to West orientation. The house should be open sided, 100m long and 10m wide. A height of 2.8m under strong roofing sheets, eaves with 30 – 45 cm should be supported by strong bird mesh. A storeroom for stock feeds is important. The foundation should be strong with 50cm wall height on the lengthy sides. The floor should be concrete.
Stocking density should be 30 – 33 chicks per square metre during brooding and 10 mature birds per square metre
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FM Feed Type
Total Feed Required Kg/bird/phase
FM 3 Phase Broiler Starter Crumbles
Day 1 to 14
0.5kg/ chick / phase
FM 3 Phase Broiler Grower 3mm Pellets
Day 15 to 25
FM 3 Phase Broiler Finisher 4mm Pellets
Day 26 to 35
1.45kg / bird / phase
Total Feed Required
3.25Kg for 35 days
The commercial broiler can achieve 6 -7 cycles per year.
Remove manure from the poultry houses immediately after harvesting broiler birds. Dispose off manure 3km away. Dry clean the poultry house, clean, wash and disinfect within 3 days. Rest the house for a minimum of 14 days before the next batch.