A broiler’s life is a race from the moment the chicks are tipped until slaughter.
The moment I say modern broiler,folks will start imagining of softwares that manage broiler production.
The fact that I own a smartphone,laptop & other devices does not mean that am in the same tech position,around 60% of folks who have access to a computer they even don’t know how to copy & paste content(ctrl c).
The same applies to broiler management.Broilers are basically raised for meat and they are ready for market between 6-8 weeks,this is after attaining the market weight of 1.5-2kg normally.
For a profitable broiler business you need to access a professional advice from a veterinarian.Some of the management to keep in mind include:
- Disease control.
Broilers are somehow easier to raise compared to layers for it has few phases.
- Preparation for chicks.
Broiler are given the starter meal between 0-4 weeks & later finisher 4-8 weeks.
Preparation for the chicks.
Before buying one day old chicks from a reliable company(preferably Kenchick).As a farmer you must make sure that the company has a reputation of disease free chicks.
The house should be cleaned & disinfected 1-2 weeks before the arrival of chicks.48 hrs before the arrival the litter should be put in the brooder.
The designing of the litter is very crucial and should have the following characteristics:
- Highly absorbent.
- Free from pesticides.
- Sawdust should not be used for they can cause crop compaction.
The very important practice that will dictate the future of your broiler business is “condition of the chick”,this is brooding.Mother nature has provided that,the hen can ‘brood’.Remember this is business,mother hen is out of play.
Brooding is the practise of providing artificial light to the chicks for they don’t have enough feathers to cove their body and they don’t eat much.
You can use the following source of heat which are inexpensive & readily available.
- Infrared bulbs.
- Kerosene lamps.
- Charcoal burner.
At the end of the day you must put someone there to look after them in the brooding period which normally take 4 weeks.
Next time we will have a look at the basic practises that will grow our broiler in order to attain the market weight.
Feel free to drop your thoughts,and ability in broiler production.