Broilers are chickens reared mainly for their meat. If given so much feed, they have the capacity to grow very fast. They accumulate so much meat in their chest and legs which makes it impossible to live past 14 weeks old. Because of this super ability to grow fast, they are given a lot of feed to boost their growth and make them ready for slaughter as early as 8 weeks old. These and many more are the things you need to know about broilers.
Broilers can also be reared for the purpose of laying eggs only if there is a level of restriction on their feed consumption.
Broilers are of the various breed- There are the Cornish crossbreeds. They are white in color and can be heavily built if given enough feed. They are a very popular breed around this part and a very suitable breed to choose if you want to start rearing broilers.
Another type of breeds is the Red broilers (Moyor’s k-22). They are red in color and grow rather slower though they eventually become huge. It could take up to 10 weeks of proper feeding to grow big.
There are also other breeds of broilers in other parts of the world like the U.S Delaware broilers, and others. In Nigeria, the most popular broiler breed is the White for Cornish Cross and the red broilers.
In this article, I’ll be discussing 10 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about these wonderful birds, broilers.
1. Broilers are very large and fast-growing.
They can weigh up to 12 pounds within 12 weeks.
2. Broilers consume more feed than water.
Sometimes when giving them feed, give them a wet mash so that they can get enough liquid. Otherwise, they will ingest a lot of dry food which will make them dehydrated.
3. Broilers eat more than layers.
Layers eat as much as they need while broilers eat everything. If you keep a broiler and a layer in one brooder, the layer will eat a little and probably linger around or wander away while the broiler will eat until there’s no more feed left.
4. Broilers can grow and start laying eggs.
It is possible to grow broilers to laying age. It takes very careful feed management to grow them to mature adults.
5. You can identify a male broiler by its size.
Male broilers are larger than the females at even at the same age.
6. Broilers are carbohydrates, sugar, and fiber-free.
A broiler weighing up to 100 grams contains about 28.4gram of protein
which is about 56% of your daily protein needs. Broilers contain vitamins A, B12, E, B1, B2, B3, and B9.
100 grams of these meaty chicken contains about 1% of your every day calorie needs.
7. Broilers can’t survive up to adulthood
If they eat so much because their genes make them able to get as much chicken breast and legs on them quickly. Their large size puts a strain on their hearts and lungs.
8. Broilers raised to lay eggs can get diseased
At any stage of their life. This is because they are more prone to disease, unlike layers.
9. Really fast-growing birds tend to have a lot of problems
Like falling sick or breaking their legs. They are overweight and at risk of breaking down if you keep them beyond 10 weeks
Broilers contain about 13mg of calcium, 0.46mg of iron, 246mg of phosphorus, and 25mg of magnesium.
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